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In The Works: 'Rampart' Pair Harrelson and Moverman Hint at Manhattan Murder Mystery

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 30, 2012 at 2:36PM

Making "Rampart," Woody Harrelson's second collaboration with director Oren Moverman after his Oscar-nominated "The Messenger," wasn't exactly a smooth ride. Harrelson tells Screen Daily that after seeing the first cut of the film, he hated it (despite thinking it was "the best script I had ever read" and "the best part I had ever been offered"); "I thought Oren had lost his vision. I didn’t want to go to Toronto and do interviews.” He was back on board after a subsequent cut. Harrelson says of becoming rogue cop Dave Brown, whose primary emotion is paranoia, "I invited that fucker in and it’s still wreaking havoc.”
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"Rampart"
"Rampart"

Making "Rampart," Woody Harrelson's second collaboration with director Oren Moverman after his Oscar-nominated "The Messenger," wasn't exactly a smooth ride. Harrelson tells Screen Daily that after seeing the first cut of the film, he hated it (despite thinking it was "the best script I had ever read" and "the best part I had ever been offered"); "I thought Oren had lost his vision. I didn’t want to go to Toronto and do interviews.” He was back on board after a subsequent cut. Harrelson says of becoming rogue cop Dave Brown, whose primary emotion is paranoia, "I invited that fucker in and it’s still wreaking havoc.”

Despite Harrelson's lack of recognition for his Oscar-worthy performance in "Rampart" (which has a limited release starting February 10, following November's awards qualifying run), he is ready to team with Moverman again. Harrelson says, “[Moverman] said three words, ‘Manhattan. Murder. Mystery.’” Harrelson's answer: “I’m in.”

Harrelson will also appear in "The Hunger Games" this March, Martin McDonagh's "Seven Psychopaths" and Louis Leterrier's "Now You See Me" (January 2013).

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.