Top 10 Woody Harrelson roles

August 23 14:38 2014

Woody Harrelson can currently be seen on the big screen playing the role of Haymitch Abernathy in the Hunger Games series but his career in the film industry started many years ago back in the early 1980’s. Harrelson starred in television roles and transitioned into film with movies like White Men Can’t Jump and Indecent Proposal.

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With a highly successful career in television, Harrelson took time this season to be on the hit HBO show True Detective . Harrelson was nominated for an Emmy for his role on the HBO show, which also starred Matthew McConaughey. Harrelson has proved that he can impress with his talent on the big and small screen.

In honor of his nomination, is counting down the top ten Woody Harrelson roles. From his work on Zombieland to his ongoing role in the Hunger Games franchise, Harrelson proves that can take on a variety of roles and win his fans over time and time again.

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10.Out of the Furnace

Out of the Furnace starred Zoe Saldana, Casey Affleck and Christian Bale, along with Woody Harrelson. This all-star cast takes the audience on an intense and emotional ride from start to finish. Harrelson shines in his role as the bad guy and captures the audiences’ attention with his extreme delivery and honesty.

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9. Seven Psychopaths

Seven Psychopaths was not a huge hit at the box office but Harrelson shined in his role as Charlie. Harrelson was on a mission to get his dog back in this dark and odd comedy. It seems as though Harrelson’s personality was able to come through in this role in a dark and hilarious way.

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8. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was a worldwide box office success and continued the success of the The Hunger Games. Harrelson returned to his now infamous role of Haymitch Abernathy. Harrelson at times brings the comic relief to the film but also has one of the most important and emotional roles to play during the series.

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7. Now You See Me

Now You See Me brought four musicians together who come together for a one of a kind show that leaves audiences speechless and believing in magic. Harrelson again brought his comedic skills to the table playing an older, has been musician who has the ability to perform hypnosis. It was the chemistry between the four actors that helped to take this summer blockbuster into an action packed, character driven film.

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6. The Hunger Games

When Jennifer Lawrence was casted as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games motion picture adaptation, audiences started to understand how this beloved book could come to live on the big screen. Harrelson was cast as Haymitch Abernathy and was a breakout star in the movie.

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5. White Man Can’t Jump

Harrelson played Billy Hoyle in the now fan favorite White Man Can’t Jump. The film showcased an up and coming talent in Harrelson and the chemistry between Wesley Snipes, helped to make this a cult classic.

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4. The Thin Red Line

The Thin Red Line was a feature film retelling of the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War. The film starred Sean Penn, Jim Caviezel and a up and coming Harrelson.

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3. Zombieland

Zombieland was the role that helped to break Woody Harrelson into the mainstream with a whole new generation of movie goers. This is was one of Harrelson’s best roles because he was able to use his comedy skills and emotional ability to take this Zombie film to a modern, refreshing place.

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2. Cheers

Harrelson started his career on a now infamous show Cheers. Harrelson was casted on Cheers as Woody back in 1982. It was a chance for him to show a wide rage of acting skills and become a part of TV history.

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1. No Country For Old Men

Harrelson joined an all-star cast, which included, Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin in this Oscar winning film. Harrelson stood out amongst these amazing actors because of his personality and ability to connect with the audience through his acting range. The Coen Brother’s, who wrote and direct the film, taped into Harrelson’s personality and brought it out on screen effortlessly.


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