Woody Harrelson Is Doing a Movie Entirely Live
'Lost in London' will be broadcast as it happens
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 16, 2017 6:44 PM CST
In a Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 file photo, Woody Harrelson poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2', in London.   (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Woody Harrelson is trying to do something that's never been done before, although he's starting to realize why his feat would be a first, the AP reports. The American actor plans to spend the early hours of Friday shooting a full-length film, called Lost In London LIVE, which will be broadcast as it happens in over 550 US theaters. Based on a relentlessly awful night out he really had in the British capital, Harrelson wrote and is directing the film that combines comedy and drama. Harrelson, 55, was arrested in London after a night out in 2002. He declined to say whether Lost in London is based on events from that night, but the set includes a recreation of the club he visited before his arrest.

Talking on the movie's set in the streets of London's theatre district, where rehearsals are happening during the day and at night, Harrelson says he could do with three more weeks of preparation before the action unfolds in real time. "Someone was asking me earlier, 'Do you think that people will start doing this now? Filming a movie and live-streaming it at the same time?' And I said, 'Well, not if they speak to me first.' This is some harrowing stuff," he laughs. Harrelson's co-stars are musician Willie Nelson and actor Owen Wilson, a close friend who also helped refine the script.

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