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Rampart out February 24 – Woody

22 February 2012

From a screenplay by James Ellroy (“L.A. Confidential”) and director Oren Moverman (Oscar-nominated "The Messenger”), comes Rampart. Veteran police officer Dave Brown (Woody Harrelson), dedicated to doing “the people’s dirty work” and asserting his own code of justice, is the last of the renegade cops in the LAPD. When he gets caught on tape beating a suspect, he finds himself in a personal and emotional downward spiral as he struggles to take care of his family, and fight for his own survival. With an all star cast including Robin Wright, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Foster and Steve Buscemi, this high octane cop thriller has been labelled “a film to file alongside the great LA noir masterpieces of the 1970s – dazzling, stunning and unique”

With Rampart hitting out screens in the UK on February 24th we’ve been left thinking about the main man Woody Harrelson, since seeing some of the juicy clips and trailers released already!

Born in 1961, Woody first really broke onto our screens as bartender Woody Boyd in everyone’s favourite US sitcom Cheers. Now everyone knew his name (sorry had to be done) he moved on for his 8 year stint on the show and into movie making. We’ve put together some of his best bits for you – so enjoy!

White Men Can’t Jump - 1992

Woody’s second venture with Wesley Snipes by this point (after 1986’s Wildcats) here Woody plays Billy Hoyle, who’s a former high school basketball player who makes his living playing basketball against ‘streetballers’ who assume he can’t play well because he’s white - making it very easy for him to hustle their money from them! Snipes plays the arrogant Sidney Deane who, after being beaten  and humiliated by Billy twice, sees how he can use his new friend’s skills to his advantage. They join forces and begin hustling together! A heart-warming yet fast paced test of friendship film – White Men Can’t Jump is a classic and apparently was one of Stanley Kubrick’s favourite films!

Indecent Proposal - 1993

Directed by Adrian Lyne and based on the book of the same name by Jack Englehardm Woody stars as David Murphy, a young newlywed alongside a fresh faced Demi Moore as his bride Diana. After losing all of their savings on a roulette table in Vegas the couple are approached by the wealthy John Gage (Robert Redford) who offers them a million dollars in exchange for the chance to spend the night with Diana. After a difficult realisation about their situation, the couple submit and Diana reluctantly spends the evening with Gage.

What follows is a difficult tussle between the sanctity of marriage, the ties of love and the draw of money. Woody’s pained portrayal of a husband tortured by jealousy is captivating, and despite the film getting mixed reviews at the time of release, it’s now viewed as a classic.

The People VS Larry Flynt - 1996

Woody plays the Hustler Magazine tycoon Larry Flynt here in a captivating film by Milos Forman. Alongside a young Courtney Love (post-Cobaine) and Edward Norton (pre-Fight Club) Woody puts on a sterling performance as the troubled entrepreneur. The film covers over 30 years of Flynt’s life and it highlights some serious highs and lows. Nominated for a score of awards The People VS Larry Flynt is a wonderful biographical drama not to be missed!

Grass - 1999

Directed by Ron Mann, Woody narrated this documentary about the history of the US Government’s war of marijuana in the 20th Century which Woody narrates. Woody is an ethic vegan and hemp activist, part owner of a hemp clothing company he took on the voice over role here after his own public challenge of the US law which doesn’t recognise the difference between industrial hemp and marijuana.  He’s a supporter of the change of the marijuana laws and is an advisor of the NORML (National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws). When this documentary went into production he was the first man they went to!

Zombieland - 2009

This apocalypse comedy directed by Ruben Fleischer has Woody starring alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigaile Breslin. When the world is brought to it’s knees by a mutated strain of Mad Cow Disease most of the human race is turned into a flesh eating zombie in a matter of months. We meet Columbus (Eisenberg) first of all, who’s begrudgingly travelling to his home town to see if his parents have survived. He soon runs in to our main man Tallahassee (Woody) who seemingly wonders through America propelled by his craving for Twinkies. When they eventually decide to travel together they soon come across two con-artist sisters Wichita and Little Rock, and after a few mishaps and stolen cars they decide to be a team to survive the constant threat of the un-dead.?A great take on the traditional zombie movie, Zombieland is a charming film that can’t be missed. There’s even a cheeky little cameo from Bill Murray to look out for!

So there we have just five of Harrelson’s cracking films to get us in the mood for Rampart’s release – it’s only a couple of weeks away guys – so we better get a‘watchin!

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