April 14, 2011
Woody remember me?
Nah, I doubted it…after all, it was a few years ago. And it was dark, and late, and we were surrounded by about 15,000 other people. And Woody Harrelson does tend to meet a lot of people. And he probably has a rather hard time with the memory thing, since he is…Woody Harrelson (it always amazed me how someone can “play” like he does and still not only remember lines, but be brilliant at it…). Would Woody recall the few “special” moments we spent together many moons ago in the front row of a Blue Rodeo concert at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto?
I would get to find out, as I had my second encounter with Woody last week…this time, it was not by chance. I was invited to meet him by the producers of Bullet for Adolf, the play that Woody wrote and is directing – for its world premiere – at the intimate Hart House Theatre at the University of Toronto.
Here for just three weeks (April 19-May 7), Bullet For Adolf is a comedy about eight characters who come together in the hot Houston summer of 1983. The title refers to a gun once intended to kill Hitler, which plays a pivotal role in the plot, which is quasi-autobiographical.
It was an especially surreal evening with Woody, as I was invited to watch him watch himself being interviewed on CBC television’s The Strombo Show, which was recorded earlier in the day. We met up in the small, intimate screening room of The Spoke Club, a private, member-only club for media and entertainment folk. Fun evening, and Woody is not only a magnificent actor, but a pretty swell guy. Even if he didn’t remember me.
Oh yeah – the evening got even more surreal as I left the un-marked Club at around 1am, and saw a good looking young man in a blue parka cruisng around on a bicycle, looking lost…I asked him if I could help him find something, and he asked me if I knew where the Spoke Club was…he was there to meet up with his BFF Woody Harrelson, who had invited him over. It was Owen Wilson.
OK, enough name-dropping for one entry. Go see the play – I’m sure it will be a wild ride