I’ve always had a soft spot for Woody Harrelson, harking back to his Natural Born Killers days, but then he really stole our hearts with his unscripted performance at this year’s Wimbledon men’s doubles final.
One for the ages, Woody.
President Donald Trump favours golf, and you wouldn’t exactly pair him and Woody as ideal dinner guest partners.
That did happen back in 2002, when then Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura invited Harrelson to “a brutal dinner” at Trump Tower.
Details of that dinner via Woody’s Esquire interview:
“You want to hear about that dinner? Sure, I’ll tell you about that dinner. So Jesse Ventura [former pro wrestler and ex-governor of Minnesota] is a buddy of mine, and he called me up—and this is in, oh, 2002—and said, ‘Donald Trump is going to try to convince me to be his running mate for the Democratic ticket in 2004. Will you be my date?’ I said, ‘Yeah, man.’
So we all met at Trump Tower, sat down. Melania was there, only she wasn’t his wife yet. And it was, let me tell you, a brutal dinner. Two and a half hours. The fun part was watching Jesse’s moves. It would look like Trump had him pinned, was going to get him to say yes, and then Jesse would slip out at the last second.
Now, at a fair table with four people, each person is entitled to 25 percent of the conversation, right? I’d say Melania got about 0.1 percent, maybe. I got about 1 percent. And the governor, Jesse, he got about 3 percent. Trump took the rest. It got so bad I had to go outside and burn one before returning to the monologue monopoly.
Yeah, Woody had to sneak out to get high in order to make it through the dinner.
How about this, said out loud at the dinner:
Listen, I came up through Hollywood, so I’ve seen narcissists. This guy was beyond. It blew my mind. He did say one thing that was interesting, though. He said, ‘You know, I’m worth four billion dollars,’ or maybe he said five billion dollars—one of those numbers, I forget. Anyway, he said, ‘I’m worth however- many billion dollars. But when I die, no matter how much it is, I know my kids are going to fight over it.’
Donald only got where he is because of his daddy’s money, so why shouldn’t his offspring be the same?
You can read the rest of that highly entertaining Woody interview here (and see him in the new Zombieland trailer here), but that story did prompt many to think over some of the other less-than-stellar ‘celebrities meeting with Trump’ tales over the years.
There’s this Charlie Sheen classic, via the Guardian:
Charlie Sheen recalls running into Trump in a restaurant, just before he was to get married. Because he couldn’t make it to the ceremony, Trump removed his expensive platinum and diamond cufflinks and handed them to Sheen as a gift. “Six months later I was having some jewellery appraised and remembered the cufflinks,” Sheen recalled in 2016. “When the jeweller took a look, she recoiled and said: ‘In their finest moment, they were cheap pewter and bad zirconia.’ They had ‘Trump’ stamped on them. I think that says a lot about the man.”
I hesitate to take Sheen’s word at face value, but it’s an interesting story nonetheless.
Salma Hayek never actually met with Donald, despite his best efforts:
“He got my number and he would call me to invite me out. When I told him I wouldn’t go out with him even if I didn’t have a boyfriend, he called – well, he wouldn’t say he called, but someone told the National Enquirer – that he wouldn’t go out with me because I was too short.”
To finish, here’s Brooke Shields with another example of Trump’s complete lack of game:
“I was on location during a movie, and he called me right after he had gotten a divorce … and said: ‘I really think we should date, because you’re America’s sweetheart and I’m America’s richest man, and the people would love it.’”
That never happened, but Evangelical America’s choice for president married three times, and went on to be accused of sexual misconduct by more than 20 women.
A real stand-up bloke, hey.
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