Just like the "Cheers" song, "Everybody knows his name."
What you might not know is this headline: Woody Harrelson turns 50.
The star of this weekend's "Game Change" and the upcoming "The Hunger Games" is handling hitting the big 5-Oh quite well.
"I'm here to tell you that 50 is a big deal. You can't just ignore it," he says of the milestone. "When I was younger, I felt like someone pushing the big rock up a hill. Now, I'm just trying to hold onto the rock, so I don't careen down the other side."
"I wake up in the morning and think, 'Dude, don't careen today!'" he jokes, laughing, during a phone interview from his home in Hawaii.
How does he feel when someone says: Woody Harrelson turns 50?
Well, you do get some very cool gifts.
"Cindy, it was un-be-live-able," Woody says. "I'll tell you how because you've always been kind to me. Kindness means a lot to me now."
It's true that we've talked many times — and he's one of my favorites. In fact, I missed the announcement that Woody Turns 50, but at least now we're in the same age box!
It also begs the question: What do you get Woody on his big birthday?
"Someone gave me every single thing I've ever done on film or tape including 'Cheers,'" he marvels. "This present included my episodes of 'Will & Grace' and every single movie."
"It was a big shopping bag of stuff and I couldn't believe how many DVDs were in there including my small movie parts," he says.
"Then I took the movies over to my daughter Makani who is five years old and said, 'Which one of them do you want to see?'" he says. "Of course, she pointed to 'Kingpin.' I haven't seen 'Kingpin' since it came out and I watched it with her thinking, 'That one turned out great. It's a hell of a movie. Damn! Pete and Bobby Farrelly (the directors) were right."
"I guess at every age you always question yourself. Is what you're doing really good? I'm like everyone else," he promises.
WOODY HARRELSON TURNS 50
At 50, he's trying to make a few more great moves and movies. He stars this weekend in "Game Change" where he plays the campaign consultant who helps bring Sarah Palin to the Republican party as the VP candidate.
"It's one of those movies that's gonna generate talk," Harrelson says. "I love that we're opening the discussion again about who should be our leaders."
He also stars in the movie your kids and grandkids won't stop talking about these days.
He plays Haymitch, one of the former winners of "The Hunger Games." In the film, teens are put in a gladiator type of arena and must fight to the death.
"I'm a mentor to the kids from District 12 who are now going into 'The Hunger Games,'" he says.
"I know it's going to be a really good movie. Our director Gary Ross doesn't make bad movies."
Does this film make him a much cooler Dad to his own teenage kids?
"My girls haven't given me any indication it makes me cooler. On the other hand, they always treat me like I'm cool," he says.
Woody - known as one of the most laid back guys in Hollywood - is also playing The Man these days.
In "Rampart," he's playing David Douglas Brown, an extremely dirty cop, in a story written by James Ellroy.
What is Mr. Easygoing doing playing such a hardcore cop?
"Frankly, I don't know," Harrelson says in his trademark slightly nasal voice. "It was just a phenomenal script and with James Ellroy involved, I knew it would be a phenomenal part even if it did scare me just a little bit."
"You can't just say he's bad. He's an interesting guy," he says.
Harrelson says it was tough being in this guy's skin for several months. "I guess that's the blessing and the curse of acting. You want to really get into the skin of a character, but when you're finally in it, it can be a little scary.
"I was really into this guy's skin," he says.
He says doing some love scenes is always tough.
"In 'Rampart,' I have love scenes in Robin Wright," he says. "We've known each other forever. We had to sequester ourselves and take a few shots of tequila."
WOODY TURNS 50 IN HAWAII
Harrelson mostly stays Zen in Hawaii where he surfs, works out and just relaxes.
He keeps in shape by "doing yoga and I play soccer. I'll join a game of basketball. You can't sit it out over 50. You have to keep moving. I'm the guy who will toss that Frisbee around on the beach. I will go surfing.
"I know you have to stay active or you're on a slippery slope."
Having a lot of ladies in his life also helps. He lives with his wife and daughters.
He's Dad to his three daughters (Deni, 17, Zoe, 15, Makani, 5) whom he dubs "the goddess trilogy."
"I called these girls the goddesses long before Charlie Sheen used the word," he jokes.
Is he a tough Dad?
"I've got my own style of parenting. It's a laissez faire style," he says. "I basically just treat my kids with respect and love. I say, 'Do your own thing. Don't let anyone treat you badly.'
"But what do I know?" he says. "I'm heading to New Orleans now to make a movie and the person raising the kids now is their mom (his wife Laura Louie). That's the number one reason the kids have grown up so great. She's doing the work. I come in and do a little frosting on the cake."
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