Woody Harrelson: 5 Awesome Performances And 5 That Sucked


Today is the day that teenagers across the world have been waiting for. Today The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second instalment in The Hunger Games series, hits cinemas on both sides of the Atlantic. Following the huge critical and commercial success of the first instalment, and the Oscar success of its leading lady Jennifer Lawrence, I'll be among the many thousands queueing up on opening weekend to see if Francis Lawrence (no relation) has picked up where Gary Ross left off. Initial reviews have been very positive and have focused, both predictably and deservingly, around Jennifer Lawrence. But with the release of Catching Fire, it's worth taking a look at the career of one of the series' supporting gems: Woody Harrelson. It's no coincidence that his character, Haymitch Abermathy, plays a pivotal role in The Hunger Games saga. It's something Harrelson's been doing throughout his career, turning in performances that shape both the film and our memory of it €“ both good and bad. So, in the time-honoured tradition of these articles, it's time to look back on the career of Woody Harrelson, highlighting the highs and lows of one of cinema's great scene-stealers. And, in time-honoured fashion, we'll be starting off with a look of some of his very best work. Believe me, it took a long time to narrow this down to five...

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