Woody Harrelson not cheered by Reddit
An "Ask Me Anything" session turns into 15 minutes of pain as the actor only wants to talk about his movie, and Redditors want to talk about whose virginity he may have taken in high school.
Actors tend to live in their own world, one in which they are at the center and the rest of us are at the movies.
Perhaps this slightly skewed world view might have contributed to a troubling encounter between Woody Harrelson and Redditors.
The "Cheers" and "White Men Can't Jump" actor agreed to a 15-minute session called "Ask Me Anything." The name is a little on the subtle side, but essentially, on agreeing to participate, one should be prepared for anything.
This isn't quite the fawning of "Inside the Actor's Studio."
So how could Harrelson not be surprised that the first question posed late last week was: "I swear this is a true story. I went to a high school in LA and you crashed our prom after party (Universal Hilton). You ended up taking the virginity of a girl named Roseanna. You didn't call her afterwards. She cried a lot. Do you remember any of this and can confirm or have you been so knee deep in hollywood pooty for so long that this qualifies as a mere blip?"
Harrelson's response was: " First of off (sic), it's not true and second off, I don't want to answer questions about that. Let's focus on the film people."
Harrelson, you see, thought this was just another way of promoting his new film "Rampart"--which, I am sure, is an utterly moving tale of a veteran cop struggling with his lot in life.
The actor, however, was struggling with this lot on Reddit. For when a Redditor called bersh commented: "Should change this AMA to AMAAR (Ask Me Anything About Rampart)", Harrelson replied: "We gotta be...I consider my time valuable."
Oh, the sheer oozing, all-about-meism of that last remark.
It didn't end well, for Redditors have continued to offer their scorn. Other famous people, such as Zach Braff and Stephen Colbert have survived and even enjoyed their AMAs. Yet Harrelson somehow managed to create ill will, as he came tumbling from his rampart of fame.
Some on Reddit are speculating whether this was actually Harrelson on the other end of the Wi-Fi connection. One Redditor, sorryaboutthat_eh, offered: "I work in PR and I can say VERY confidently that this is a PR person writing his answers. Nothing like trying to utilize social media in the most unauthentic way possible--someone will be getting fired!"
Harrelson--and any publicist whom he still employs--has been silent since this desperate debacle. Which was so avoidable. As Mediaite cleverly points out, he could have spent the whole 15 minutes talking about pot and zombies, and the Redditors would have felt quite at home.
Instead, he managed to walk into their house and act like, well, a star. But there's no authenticity in being a star. It's all made up, after all.