Woody Harrelson wanted drunken character

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Gary Ross directs this sci-fi/action epic based on Suzanne Collins' novel of the same name. Set in a futuristic American landscape, Jennifer Lawrence is Katniss Everdeen, the main character of the story. As a young girl living in a dystopian future, Everdeen replaces her sister in a survival contest that will save her community if she can make it until the end. Also starring Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Toby Jones and Elizabeth Banks.
September 4th, 2012

Woody Harrelson wanted to be ''more drunk and debauched'' in 'The Hunger Games'.

The actor plays the frequently drunk Haymitch Abernathy in the sci-fi film series, and admits he wanted to make him a little more reckless than director Gary Ross would allow.

He told The Huffington Post UK: ''That was kind of a discussion between Gary and I, because I always wanted to make Haymitch more drunk and debauched, but Gary wanted to keep a rein on it so that it wasn't too much like that.

''I am always in general ready to go over the top with it, so it is helpful to have a director like Gary bringing me back.''

Woody, 51, also said Haymitch is unique, but - in a typically self-depreciating manner - he's not sure if he managed to play him differently to his other roles.

He added: ''I can't think of any other character I have played like him. He is quite a unique character. He has that thing of people not being able to quantify him.

''I'm not sure if it required anything new of me as an actor. It is hard to say. You're going to have to watch it and tell me the answer to that. ''Deep down there probably isn't anything new [laughs]. It's just me doing the same old s**t.''