Woody Harrelson is here to discuss the worst day of his life

Woody Harrelson: Lost in London

Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge — Thursday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.

Woody Harrelson in the 2016 dramedy ‘Edge of Seventeen.’ — film still

Woody Harrelson will spend Thursday in Iowa City, accompanying a screening of his directorial debut Lost in London and a post-film conversation.

The University of Iowa Lecture Committee event is free and open to the public, though seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Harrelson’s four decades in show business have seen him in iconic comedic roles (Cheers, White Men Can’t Jump, Natural Born Killers, Zombieland) as well as award-nominated dramatic turns (The Thin Red Line, The Messenger, The People vs. Larry Flynt, True Detective).

Most recently, Harrelson loaned his star-power and acting prowess to the 2018 films Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri — for which he’s been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor — and War for the Planet of the Apes. He’s set to feature in Disney’s Solo: A Star Wars Story later this year.

Outside of acting, he’s best known for his veganism and advocacy for legalized marijuana (Harrelson has since quit smoking pot, but maintains a friendship with his Lost in London co-star and fellow advocate Willie Nelson).

The 56-year-old actor’s career hasn’t all been laughs and accolades. Lost in London is loosely based on one of the darkest events of Harrelson’s life: his 2002 arrest following a fight with a London taxi driver and a short police chase. This incident came the day after tabloids reported on an extramartial affair of Harrelson’s.

“It had such a huge impact on me. It really did feel like I was going to lose everything, and in the end, the level of appreciation I had for my wife, my kids, my life. You know, I learned a lot through it,” Harrelson told Iowa Public Radio’s Charity Nebbe.

A decade and a half later, Harrelson turned lemons into lemonade by writing, producing, directing and starring as himself in a dramatization of the London nightmare. Lost in London was the first movie to be broadcast live, as it was being filmed, to 500 U.S. theaters on Jan. 19, 2017. Iowa City audiences will be seeing the film little more than one year after the fact, starting at 7 p.m. in the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge. Nebbe will be hosting a Q&A session after the screening.

On Friday, Harrelson will depart for Ames for another screening and talk, this time on the Iowa State University campus.

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