The Cheers forged tried — and failed — to haze newcomer Woody Harrelson


The Cheers forged put younger newcomer Woody Harrelson to the take a look at when he got here on board however discovered he was simply too powerful and good for it.

When Woody Harrelson got here onto Cheers, he had huge sneakers to fill, serving as a substitute for Nicholas Colasanto and his character Coach following the actor’s dying previous to season 4. And his fellow bartenders and patrons didn’t take it straightforward on him, difficult him to duties each bodily and mentally.

As Ted Danson (Sam Malone) not too long ago recalled on Conan O’Brien’s podcast (through EW), having such a younger man on the set allowed for a few of his fellow forged members to place him to the take a look at. “Thirty-seven is when you realize you’re no longer 25 or 24. So it was more not like hazing him, we just wanted to kick his ass in anything we could find. We started with basketball and as you later found out in life, he’s a really good basketball player, so he kicked our asses there.” In different phrases, the white man may bounce! Following that, John Ratzenberg (Cheers barfly Cliff Calvin) had his personal bodily problem for Woody Harrelson…which he additionally misplaced.

From there, the Cheers boys opted to provide chess a shot, which it turned out Woody Harrelson was additionally expert in. “To heck with this physical stuff, we’re gonna beat him mentally. Killed us at chess. So this is all in the first week really. So from then on it was like, if you had some awful mean prank to pull, you would not waste it on anyone else except Woody.”

Along with beating down his forged, Woody Harrelson fared extremely effectively on Cheers, proving a pure match for the sitcom and making his mark on his first look. He later gained an Emmy for his work, the one one within the forged to win the Supporting Actor honor throughout the present’s 11-season run, yet another victory for Woody.

However regardless of all of the hazing — and Woody Harrelson skipping the Cheers reunion at this 12 months’s Primetime Emmy Awards — there is no such thing as a unhealthy blood between the core forged. Danson and Harrelson will even hop again on the barstools for a brand new podcast titled The place Everyone Is aware of Your Identify.

Had been you a fan of Woody Harrelson on Cheers? How do you assume he did as a substitute character?

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