Woody Harrelson says he had to smoke weed to get through 'brutal' dinner with 'beyond narcissist' Trump
Former governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura, had invited the actor to tag along for a dinner Trump and Melania hosted at Trump Tower in 2002
Woody Harrelson recently revealed how he had to get high on marijuana just to get through a dinner with President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump back in 2002.
Trump wasn't running the country back then but was looking to do so by scoring a running mate for his Democratic ticket in the 2004 election.
In an interview with Esquire magazine, Harrelson recounted how his friend and former governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura, had invited him to tag along for a dinner Trump and Melania were hosting in order to convince him to be his running mate.
"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," Harrelson said.
He added that his only form of amusement during the dinner was watching the-then business mogul struggle to pin down Ventura as he kept slipping out at the last moment from committing to being the former's running mate.
According to Harrelson, all of them, including Melania—who was not yet married to Trump at the time—struggled to get a word in during the dinner, what with the future POTUS stealing most of the spotlight.
"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," he said.
Halfway through the dinner, things got so intolerable for Harrelson that he had to step out and smoke up a joint before he returned to the "monologue monopoly."
By then, he had gotten a pretty good idea about Trumps' nature.
"Listen, I came up through Hollywood, so I’ve seen narcissists. This guy was beyond. It blew my mind," he said.
However, that did not mean that nothing stood out from the conversation he had with the owner of Trump tower.
"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," Harrelson said.
The 'Zombieland' actor also revealed that he also shares a past with Vice President Mike Pence.
"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," he said.