Woody Harrelson, 2007.
Born Woodrow Tracy Harrelson on July 23, 1961. He's an
American actor, a peace activist, an environmentalist, a certified yoga
instructor, a vegan and a raw foods enthusiast. His breakthrough role was playing bartender Woody Boyd
on the television series
He earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for the
movie The Messenger
and for Best Actor for the movie
The People Vs. Larry Flynt.
You can check out some of his other acting work at
Woody Harrelson has done many actions to help animals
over the years. In the '90s he found out about Gillette's animal testing
practices and asked PETA whether he could help with their campaign. He made
a 12-minute video showing what Gillette did, which was aired on
television. He also grew a beard to protest Gillette's animal testing.
In 2009 he joined PETA in a
campaign to stop deadly medical training exercises involving cats at
Texas Tech. In 2011 he joined PETA's
campaign against the use of monkeys in chemical attack training
exercises. Their campaign was a victory and the Army announced they
were going to switch to human simulators. The letter that Woody
Harrelson had sent to the Army included:
|"Because superior non-animal methods are used
for this exact training by military and civilian programs around
the world, animals are clearly not required to meet your
objectives. ... Iím sure you agree that our
military personnel deserve state-of-the-art training and that
our country deserves to be respected for its civilized treatment
Other quotes by Woody Harrelson:
|Asked about how he started his vegan diet,
|"When I was 23, 24, I used to have a
really bad runny nose, mucus, tons of acne, reddishness all
over. A woman on a bus I took looked at me and said I was
lactose intolerant. (She said), 'Stop dairy for three days, and
all this is going to go away.' I stopped dairy, and sure enough
it was gone three days later, never to return except when I get
"I used to eat burgers and steak, and I
would just be knocked out afterward; I had to give it up."
|"If you eat chicken, maybe you're on one
level. If you wear a mink coat, maybe you're on another level.
But if you wear cosmetics, cosmetics that are tested on animals,
then you're just unconscious. Really, my message is simple. It's
a message of compassion. In this world that is spinning madly
out of control, we have to realize that we're all related. We
have to try to live harmoniously."
|His character in the movie
loves Twinkies. Woody Harrelson talks about how he dealt with
this situation, since he's vegan:
|"My character is searching for the
ultimate comfort food, which to him is not another human being
but a Twinkie," says Harrelson. "I'm not a Twinkie lover. I
don't do sugar or dairy either. When we finally shot my
Twinkie-eating scene in the movie, they had to give me a
specially made mock Twinkie made of corn meal. It could spur a
healthy Twinkie revolution."
|"Raw food is the best way to have the
cleanest energy. We take so much care about what kind of fuel we
put in our car, what kind of oil. We care about that sometimes
more than the fuel that we're looking at putting in our bodies.
It's cleaner burning fuel."
|"Anytime I feel myself getting sick, I
just know it's imperative to go raw."
|When asked about how he became active in
environmental issues, he answered:
|"I've been concerned for years. When I was
in the seventh grade I did a report about the environment and
the loss of species. It was supposed to be only a few pages, but
ended up being nearly 50. I've always had an intense
relationship with nature, something which I think all of us have
somewhere inside of us."
|"Every year in the United States alone,
over 50 million trees are cut down, with much of the wood being
used for paper and paper products. ... All of that could easily
be made from hemp. ... hemp makes great paper, stronger than
what's made from trees, and much more recyclable. Wood fibers
are short and it gets harder and harder to keep them together
with each recycling."
|"Everything is poisoned, and it's all
poisoned from greed. I think our inability to communicate with
each other and everything that's happening in the world is all a
symptom of our greater inability to deal with nature
|When asked about what it's like
being constantly conscious, he answered:
|"Itís exhausting. Everything I do, I try
to think, Okay, what are the ramifications? ... The only
thing thatís problematic is the constant explaining, the
constant need to kind of go, No, I donít want that because of
such and such. I feel like Iím a pain in the ass, and I donít
like being difficult."
Quotes are from a
1995 interview in Premiere magazine, a
1997 interview with E/The Environmental Magazine, a
1997 interview with Papermag, a
2007 video interview Raw For Life, a
2008 interview for Raw for 30 Days, a
2009 article in Huffington Post, a
2009 interview with Elle and a
2011 article in starpulse.com