Only 206 more days until fans of The Hunger Games
will be able to see Suzanne Collins' novel brought to life. Everyone's favorite stoner, Woody Harrelson
, will be playing Haymitch Abernathy – a character who spends a lot of his time nursing a bottle of booze. Harrelson's made a career out of playing oddball characters – some of the violent and unhinged variety. The Zombieland
star's inspiration may come from something that hits close to home for the actor, since his own father was a career criminal.
Charles Harrelson was a California encyclopedia salesman and a gambler. In Houston, 1968, he left his family (a wife and three sons, including Woody) and wasn't heard from again until news hit that he was under arrest for the murder of a federal judge. The tragedy marked the first assassination of a federal judge in the 20th century, but it wasn't Harrelson's first time in prison. He was previously convicted of murder-for-hire when he killed a Texas grain dealer over a heroin deal gone bad. Harrelson served his two life terms in prison – unsuccessfully trying to escape at one point and losing an appeal to overturn his case (something Woody tried to help him with in 2003) – until he died of heart disease in 2007.
Woody tried to maintain contact with his father, visiting him regularly in prison. Their relationship – if you can call it that – was strained until the end, but the actor has spoken kindly of him
in the past. "This might sound odd to say about a convicted felon, but my father is one of the most articulate, well-read, charming people I've ever known. Still, I'm just now gauging whether he merits my loyalty or friendship. I look at him as someone who could be a friend more than someone who was a father."