Willie Nelson to star in a live movie with Woody Harrelson

Willie Nelson’s going to have a busy first few months of 2017.

In addition to “God’s Problem Child,” the new album he’s got coming in April, Nelson will be starring in a live movie with fellow Texans Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson.

Willie Nelson performs at Farm Aid 30 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Chicago. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP)
Willie Nelson performs at Farm Aid 30 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Chicago. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP)

“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.

 

Willie Nelson was bullied as a kid? He says now he lives by the golden rule

What do you mean Willie Nelson was bullied as a kid? But he’s the Red Headed Strangeran outlawAustin’s pride and joy — and apparently, an exceptional nose picker.

Willie Nelson performs at Luck Reunion on March 18, 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro/For American-Statesman
Willie Nelson performs at Luck Reunion on March 18, 2016.
Suzanne Cordeiro/For American-Statesman

Read: Austin gets new Willie Nelson mural 

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.

Related: Taking Willie Nelson’s Picnic back, decade by decade

But he overcame the bullies thanks to his grandmother and a poem she’d read to him when he was six years old. It went like this:

What’re you looking at me for? I ain’t got nothing to say. If you don’t like the looks of me, you can just look the other way. 

Photos: Willie Nelson through the years

“I thought it was so funny, I started living that way,” he said. Since then, Nelson has been living life by the golden rule: treat others like you want to be treated.

 Another video of the same interview features Nelson talking about his love of marijuana and his new brand of weed called Willie’s Reserve. He thinks it’s hilarious how famous he is for his relationship with pot.

Looking to puff up your bank account? Then pass your resume over to Willie Nelson

12-29-15 Willie Nelson performs during the Willie Nelson & Family New Year concert at ACL LIve at the Moody Theater. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman
Willie Nelson performs during the Willie Nelson & Family New Year concert at ACL Live at the Moody Theater in 2015. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

If you’re looking to be a “trailblazer” in the weed industry, want to make $65,000 a year and love your fair share of Willie Nelson, then you may just be the right person for these jobs.

Nelson’s cannabis brand Willie’s Reserve, which he announced last year,  is hiring for five different positions and applications are now open.  According to the company’s website, Willie’s Reserve is a line “of marijuana products that celebrate Willie’s love of cannabis and the culture surrounding it.”

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.

Willie Nelson and Lance Armstrong spent an afternoon on a golf cart

Lance Armstrong and Willie Nelson spend the afternoon playing golf. Photo via @lancearmstrong
Lance Armstrong and Willie Nelson spend the afternoon playing golf. Photo via @lancearmstrong

Lance Armstrong casually posed with Austin royalty Willie Nelson for a photo and posted it on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

In the photo, the duo appears to be spending the sunny day out and about at a golf course, driving around in a cart. Armstrong captioned the photo “Hangin’ with Willie.”

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.”

Lance Armstrong and Willie Nelson pose together after having dinner in 2013. Photo via @lancearmstrong
Lance Armstrong and Willie Nelson pose together after having dinner in 2013. Photo via @lancearmstrong

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?