It’s really hard to imagine anyone possibly upsetting Woody Harrelson, the most supremely chill man in Hollywood. But it turns out, Donald Trump did exactly that.
In a new interview for Esquire’s September cover, Harrelson recounted a particularly brutal dinner with Trump, Melania, and Jesse Ventura in 2002:
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. 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.’ That was the one true statement he made that night, and I thought, Okay, yeah, that’s pretty cool.”
If that wasn’t a weird enough story, it turns out that Harrelson has even more random political connections. He went to college with Vice President Mike Pence. As he told Esquire:
“As a freshman, I gave a sermon to a youth group, and Mike was the guy running the show. He was a junior, I think … He struck me as a nice guy, very sincere. I don’t know how well we’d get along now, but we got along okay then.”
In the end, Pence and Harrelson went down much different paths. One is a vice president who calls his wife “mother,” the other is a national treasure who is going to star in Zombieland: Double Tap.