Getting a phone call to come hang out with Willie Nelson sounds like the dream, but can you imagine getting to chat with a Hollywood star too?
Country radio legend Bill Mack recently shared on Facebook that his pal called him to hang out on his bus in North Texas. And of all the people in the world, Morgan Freeman happened to be aboard too.
Mack asked the Oscar winner all about the movie biz. Freeman’s favorite roles include “Shawshank Redemption,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Glory,” and “Unforgiven.” And Freeman, who turns 80 this year, shared some of his favorite movies, which all happened to be released before 1960.
As for what brought Freeman and Nelson together, it turns out the megawatt actor doesn’t live in Hollywood. Like Mack, Nelson called up his famous friend, who lives in Clarksdale, Mississippi to hang and Freeman happily obliged.
“Lost in London” will be filmed live in London tonight at 8 p.m. CST and will be broadcast simultaneously through Fathom Events in certain theaters throughout America and the United Kingdom. The film, written and directed by Harrelson, is a re-telling of a wild night Harrelson had in London back in 2002. After going out one night, Harrelson accidentally broke an ashtray in a cab, escaped that cab and got in another one, and then finally got arrested.
“I got in another taxi, and [the first cab driver] follows that taxi, which is moving at two miles an hour. Then the cops come around the corner and I did a real brainy move: ‘Let me out of here!’ I start running around Sloane Square and this cop’s following me,” Harrelson told the Telegraph in 2002. “I’m not excusing my behavior. I was a freaking idiot. It took a long time to settle down. In the cell, I had a lot of adrenaline. I did some yoga and was thinking, here I am, I’m 40 years old, this kind of madness I want out of my life.”
Now with the hindsight to focus on the humor of the event, Harrelson turned it into a movie, and brought his friends along. Those friends include Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson.
Nelson will play himself in the film and act as the voice of reason for Harrelson during his wild night in London. He wasn’t with Harrelson when the events in the film happened, but he said he jumped at the chance to be involved when Harrelson asked.
“I think my job is just to help him out and morally console him and tell him what a prick he is,” Nelson told Rolling Stone Country. “Woody, Owen and I are all Texas boys. We’ve been friends for a long time; we hang out together in Maui a lot. We play dominos, poker, chess, you name it…The movie sounded exciting.”
The country singer has racked up a bevy of film credits during his multi-hyphenated career, including “Honeyscuckle Rose,” “Songwriter,” “Stagecoach,” “Wag the Dog” and “The Big Bounce.” (Oh, and there’s also that “Dukes of Hazzard” remake, but we won’t go there.)
“Lost in London” will be broadcast live tonight at the Metroplitan Stadium 14 and the Cinemark at Southpark Meadows. Buy tickets here.
A tour bus custom-built for the Red Headed Stranger could soon be yours — for a price.
The bus, aptly named “Me and Paul,” was one of four buses custom-built for the Willie Nelson Family Band in 1983, and now it’s up for auction by the current owners. This particular bus was owned by Willie’s drummer and BFF Paul English (hence the name) and is chock-full of Willie Nelson Family Band memorabilia and doubtless countless memories.
Did Willie write “Me and Paul” sitting on one of those lush red-upholstered benches, drinking whiskey with his pal? Were they driving this when they were busted in Laredo for reasons Willie would rather not disclose? Regardless, there’s surely been some rough and rocky travelin’ in this bus, and now it’s your turn to hit the road receive your education in the cities of the nation.
The current owners, described as “a group of Austin Texas entrepreneurs and Outlaw Country fans,” obtained the bus in May 2014 and have been using it as well as renting it out for weddings, band tours and other events, but they’ve “been too busy with work” and decided it’s time for the bus to get back on the road again.
You have until Nov. 7 to place your bid online (as of this writing, the price is currently at around $75,300).
The picture, which was tweeted out by Nelson’s wife Annie, shows the country music legend and McAuliffe sitting at a table with a can of Nelson’s own Willie’s Reserve between them. Annie captioned the picture “Uh-oh trouble!”
After 8News reached out to McAuliffe’s office for comment, as KXAN reports, the governor’s spokesperson Brian Coy explained:
“He was not and still is not aware of whatever was on the table or anywhere around him and wouldn’t know marijuana or related paraphernalia if it walked up and shook his hand. He’s cool, but he’s not that cool.”
Coy also mentioned that McAuliffe is open to legalizing medical, but not recreational, marijuana use in Virginia. Not that he would recognize either if it was sitting on a table in front of him.
Broken Lizard, the comedy troupe behind “Super Troopers” and “Beerfest,” tweeted a photo of the “Super Troopers 2” cast hanging out with Willie Nelson on Monday — presumably after Jay Chandrasekhar tweeted a security detail offer to Nelson.
Broken Lizard members Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske reunited to make “Super Troopers 2,” after a successful crowdfunding effort last year raised over $4.5 million from fans. The group has wanted to make a sequel since the first movie came out, but Fox Searchlight (the studio that owns the rights to “Super Troopers”) did not allow it to happen right away.
Now, their Indiegogo page promises, they’re going back into production after taking a hiatus from shooting.
Nelson’s already smoked with Chandrasekhar while filming “Beerfest,” so it’s anybody’s guess what he was doing with “Super Troopers 2” cast. Or maybe, as Chandrasekhar said last year to the Chive, they’re planning the sequel movie, “Potfest.”
In a recent episode of YouTube channel Great Big Story’s “Hey Willie,” Nelson divulges that as a young kid growing up in a small Texas town he became subject to bullying because of his intense nose picking. He dug ’til there was blood.
With plans to open for business soon, the Austin singer said in a statement that his cannabis company will offer “the best on the market” and will be based in Colorado and Washington.
The company is in need of a compliance officer, bookkeeper, production manager, sales director and extractor. The website says at least three of the five gigs are salary-based with performance-based incentives.
We imagine these jobs are going to go pretty fast, so better grab those papers and submit your applications. Working for Willie’s Reserve sounds pretty lit.
It’s common-knowledge the two Austinites are friends. Armstrong’s Twitter feed frequently mentions Nelson, whether it’s a birthday shoutout or about the current song he has on blast. And this isn’t the first time the world champion cyclist and musician have been pictured together.
In 2013, Armstrong posted a photo on Facebook with Nelson after they had dinner stating “Fun dinner with Annie and Willie Nelson. Lost my Mellow hat to Willie tho. Great man, great friend, great Texan.”
Recently, Armstrong’s life story was told in the film “The Program,” which was released in theaters and video on demand in March. It dramatizes his battle with testicular cancer, his seven times winning the Tour de France and his confession to doping.
Nelson, whose Twitter feed has been filled with his other numerous celebrity hangouts including actor Kevin Spacey, has been busy playing Austin stages and hosting parties at South By Southwest. He will be part of a new installment of PBS’ “American Masters,” which follows the story of country super group The Highwaymen. The documentary, featuring Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson, will be releaed in May.
What we really want to know about their day out on the green: Who beat whom?
Apparently the week that country music’s biggest and brightest stars are honored at this year’s Country Music Awards seemed as good a time as any for Jimmy Kimmel to bring those same stars on his show and have them read mean tweets about themselves.
The “Country Music Edition” of Jimmy Kimmel’s “Celebrities read mean tweets about themselves” series included Willie Nelson, Kacey Musgraves, Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisely, just to name a few.
As in “Mean Tweets” past, the tweets ranged in meanness and most of the celebrities were able to laugh about the terrible things said about them.
Watch Nelson laugh off someone who wished he was dead: