Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - Personality -

He’s come a long way from his early TV days on Cheers, build­ing a film ca­reer with roles in about 80 movies, in­clud­ing White Men Can’t Jump, the Hunger Games fran­chise, War for the Planet of the Apes, No Coun­try for Old Men and The Edge of Seventeen. Now Har­rel­son, 56, por­trays a fel­low Texan, Pres­i­dent Lyn­don B. John­son, in LBJ, in the­aters Nov. 3.

Why LBJ, why now? It’s timely. In many ways, he was a great pres­i­dent. Def­i­nitely you’d have to over­look get­ting bogged down in Viet­nam.

What was the makeup process like? Ev­ery­thing from the neck up to the fore­head was pros­thet­ics—nose, ears, chin, the eyes had brown con­tacts, and I had a wig on. I worked with Ve Neill, a phe­nom­e­nal makeup artist, on The Hunger Games, and she re­ally helped me [with LBJ], be­cause the big risk is that it could look fake. [Go to Pa­rade.com/neill for more about the makeup artist’s bag of tricks.]

Give us a hint on your char­ac­ter, Beck­ett, in next year’s Star Wars film. I’m a crim­i­nal and I work with Han.

Are you still kite surf­ing at home in Hawaii? Yeah, kite and stand-up pad­dle. I get in the wa­ter ev­ery day, hang­ing out with my friends. It’s a pretty grat­i­fy­ing life. It’s a def­i­nite life of leisure, but it’s very ac­tive. It’s also in one of the most beau­ti­ful set­tings I can imag­ine.

What did Bryan Cranston tell him about play­ing LBJ? Go to Pa­rade.com/har­rel­son to find out.

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