The Hunger Games Star Swears Off Drugs (for Now) After Years of Smoking
One of your favorite members of the Hunger Games cast is coming clean… literally. After years of smoking marijuana, Woody Harrelson, who played Katniss and Peeta’s mentor, Haymitch Abernathy, throughout the four-movie franchise, quit the drug… nearly 365 days ago!
While promoting his new movie, Wilson, the 55-year-old actor was questioned by Vulture about a misconception people have about him. To that, he said, “They think I’m a party animal, which… I am a party animal. I mean, that might be one thing. But I am a party animal. But on the other hand, I haven’t… I’m now extremely moderate and… I actually stopped smoking pot almost a year ago.”
When the interviewer revealed his own problems with weed, saying it messes with his head and makes him less productive, Woody agreed that those were problems for him as well. “Yeah, that was a little bit of my issue,” he said. “Just 30 solid years of just partying too f*cking hard.”
So, how does he keep from falling off the wagon and relapsing? “Well, like, last night, someone had — not just good herb but sativa; really good sativa,” Woody explained. (FYI, sativa is a specific species of cannabis.) “There’s a joint, and beautifully rolled. I like a beautifully rolled… and I just was like, I mean, I’ve gone this long. It would be weird to just be like, ‘Okay, let me have a hit off that,’ and then suddenly go back to smoking too much, which is… I don’t have a problem at all with smoking. I think it’s great. I think it’s a great drug, in terms of… Even cops say that the side effect is euphoria. Or the… what do you call it?”
“The effect?” the interviewer chimed in.
“Right,” the actor said. “The effect of it is euphoria. But when you’re doing it all the time, it just becomes… Well, you know. I feel like it was keeping me from being emotionally available.”
“I still drink, Woody added. “But I try to be moderate with the drinking, too.”
The Hunger Games cast is no stranger to scandals…