Woody Harrelson: Lost to Ames? | Arts and entertainment
Many millennial students recognize Woody Harrelson in films like “Zombieland”, “The Hunger Games”, “Now You See Me” or the “True Detective” series. Harrelson, who seems to star in just about all of our favorite movies, heads to Iowa State University’s ISU AfterDark on Friday night to introduce us to another one.
The Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning actor will release his film “Lost in London” for the second time since it aired live in 500 theaters across the United States on January 19, 2017. Following the film, Harrelson will take the stage. from the Memorial Union for a question-and-answer session with the Director of Student Aid, Kipp Van Dyke.
The movie “Lost in London” is based on a 2002 night that actually happened in Harrelson.
“It was a horrible night that I wanted to forget forever, but it wouldn’t leave my mind,” Harrelson said. “As tragic as it may be in terms of the threat to my relationship with my wife, the time spent in the slammer and stuff like that, I thought it could be good comedy.”
With this in mind, Harrelson embarked on the writing, directing and production of “Lost in London”. The film was broadcast live in the United States from London and was filmed in one take with a single camera. When asked what gave him the idea for such a unique filming technique, Harrelson began to explain his love for the theater.
“It’s almost like capturing a room,” Harrelson said.
At first when the idea came to him, he thought he could possibly do it in real time with just one take, but without streaming. Harrelson ended up wondering if the technology existed to film while still showing the entire movie live, and the answer was yes.
There are a few people in the film that students might recognize, including Owen Wilson and Willie nelson. Harrelson called Wilson an “O” and one of his “best buddies” and explained that besides helping with the script and being a phenomenal actor, there is a scene in the movie that explains exactly how why Wilson was chosen. As for the casting of Willie Nelson, well, that came with a story.
“Once [Wilson] agreed to do it, I called him to talk about the script, ”Harrelson said. “He was hanging out with Willie in Maui playing dominoes when [Wilson] told me that Willie wanted to say “hi”. So Willie picks up the phone and says, “Why don’t you have me in your movie?” And I ended up writing it in the script. ”
With the main cast decided, the 25 supporting actors, 500 extras and 14 locations in London all set to be filmed, Harrelson explained some of the logistics of the shoot.
Harrelson believed the film should be shot with multiple cameras as the film contains action scenes, including a police chase. “Well let’s say I ran and they chased me,” Harrelson said.
“It was pretty complicated,” Harrelson said. “From a logistics point of view, it looked like it wouldn’t work technically. “
Over the course of a few weeks, Harrelson and the cinematographer debated whether or not it would be possible to shoot the film live with one or more cameras. After three rounds of deliberation, Harrelson was finally convinced they could do it with just one camera, which they did.
And with that, “Lost in London” was created and filmed live to be broadcast in the United States and now to be broadcast in Iowa State’s own Memorial Union.
the Student Union Office and ISU AfterDark have been planning this event for a long time.
“Woody was first mentioned at the end of last semester. We send an offer to the artists and their agents, and then they can either accept or decline, ”said Summer Bontrager, junior in public relations and vice president of administration for the Student Union Board. “We want to bring in people that diverse students can connect with and are excited to see.”
Lucky for us, Harrelson and his team accepted the offer, but they’re not just visiting Ames. Harrelson will be on a five-day trip to five different colleges starting Thursday, January 25 at the University of Iowa and continuing to Iowa State University on January 26. After Iowa State, it will continue in Rhode Island, Florida and Pennsylvania. .
“I showed [the film] in England a few colleges and colleges were the best to answer it, ”Harrelson said. “They just seem to have more humor than anyone.”
Harrelson is hoping to release the film in the United States by getting a good response from the students so that he can eventually stream it.
As for the question-and-answer part, Bontrager explains that the discussion will focus on Harrelson and the film.
“Since this film is so groundbreaking and original, a lot of the discussion will certainly cover the film and its creation,” Bontrager said. “We’re playing with an idea of how to engage audiences, either through social media or through interaction with an app.”
The ISU AfterDark event begins at 9 pm Friday evening in the Great Hall with the movie “Lost in London” and continues with a chat with Woody Harrelson at 11 pm. The event is free for ISU students and their guests.