Woody Harrelson says he had to find a way to deal with politics for his character in HBO’s new Watergate thriller. White House Plumber .
Harrelson played E. Howard Hunt in the show, one of the men sent to prison for his role in the Watergate scandal. He is joined by Justine Theroux as partner Gordon Liddy and Lena Headey as Dorothy, Hunt’s wife.
While the story of Watergate has been told many times over the decades, White House Plumber It’s a funny political thriller about an event that rocked Washington DC in the 1970s, making it one of the few comedies. When it was revealed that Richard Nixon had ordered FBI and CIA agents to break into Democratic Party offices, tap phones and steal documents.
E. Howard Hunt was a CIA officer later assigned to President Nixon’s Special Investigations Team and was deeply loyal. News week He asked Harrelson what it was like to play a character who strongly opposes his policies.
“Yeah, I’m more of a Marxist than a fascist,” Harrelson said. Interview with Newsweek . “Yes, I feel that there is a big gap in the distance.” “One of the areas I connected with Hunt was his relationship with his family… I understand the concept that you’re away from your family because you go to work. You have a box mentality, but I understand the family dynamic. .
Theroux had the same task of playing Gordon Liddy, who, along with Hunt, organizes a burglary of the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters in the Watergate building.
“Like Woody, I don’t think I have a personal resemblance to H. Gordon Liddy, at least not romantically,” Theroux said. News week . “I think to play any character, whether you like it or not, you have to like it, and that was the case with Lydie.”
Theru says I understand our lady’s story was interesting. “For a woman with a hockey stick, his trajectory is high. Even as he goes to jail, he says, “It’s great we’re in jail because of Nixon.” He should be a martyr, so I admire his optimism. This is quality. What I want to have in my life.
Theroux added: “Leed was very angry, he was happy to betray his country to what he saw as a better country.” I think it’s different for everyone.
Woody Harrelson “Purple”
Oscar-nominated actor Harrelson has been outspoken about his policies in the past, publicly condemning President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama when they disagreed with them.
“I’m a liberal and a conservative. I’m not blue or red, I’m purple. So I don’t lean towards either,” Harrelson said after being asked if he was leading liberal representation politics. Mocking Republicans: “It’s Just a Case for a Funny Story.”
“I don’t see any part of this project as, ‘Oh, this is a good story for the left, or the right, or whoever.’ ” said Theroux.
He continued, “The details of this story are unclear. They had these nine jewels that they wanted to have. They wanted to kill Abby Hoffman. They wanted to bring the hippies to the platform of the Democratic National Convention. They wanted to destroy Shirley Chisolm’s company, they had a portfolio. Endless dirty tricks that are not only dangerous but also criminal.
Harrelson added, “I think we’ve gone too far when you feel sorry for these people.”
Game of Thrones Actress Heidi is back on HBO. White House Plumbers , playing Dorothy Hunt, inextricably involved in the Watergate scandal. She also looked at the politics of the proposal and compared it to modern times.
“I think [political viewpoint] doesn’t matter. I mean, look at where we are in the world politically. It’s just crazy. This is the craziest court system in the world. I look at Britain, when everyone is gone we talk about what happened there. They said, “Ah, no one does this.” So there is this period in British political history. And then, you know, Trump is on the court…”
He compared the Watergate scandal that led to President Nixon’s impeachment and resignation to today.
“Well, looking at past political life, no, nothing, no…no? And Headey added, “Oh, that’s funny.”
Harrelson and Theroux double act
According to Headey, what prepares White House plumbing It is a choice of two main characters apart from the previous Watergate films and series. “Justin and Woody are like Howard and Gordon Hyster. He doesn’t care about the circus that is the political empire that we should respect and consider appropriate.
“We’ve all seen the Watergate version of great journalism rooting out corruption, the Diptrots, Mark Felt and follow the money, but we haven’t seen the truth,” Theroux said. “It’s like a bank robbery movie without the bank robbers.
He added: “A/ I think it’s only worth it because it’s funny. I think it’s a really funny true story. (B) is an insult. It’s an intro, not an aperitif.”
Theroux and Harrelson met on the set of the 2019 TV show Live in front of a studio audience Harrelson playing Archie Bunker from the classic sitcom All in the family . Since then, their friendship has grown.
“I’m not here to sing you the blues of the movie star, but sometimes it can get a little boring,” Harrelson said. “You want someone to make you laugh, so there were a lot of laughs. I didn’t know how funny Justin was until we started working together.”
So how did their relationship develop on the set? “The White House Plumbers.” ?
“Well, it was a lot of teasing from Woody,” joked Theroux. “We did it quickly in a brotherly way where there was a little bit of competition and it was funny and funny and a lot of fun.”
The first episode of “White House Plumbers” premieres on HBO on May 1. Each new episode will be released every Monday from then on.