‘Rampart’ ride-alongs left Woody Harrelson ‘nervous and shocked’

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Woody Harrelson, Ice Cube and Sigourney Weaver all did law-and-order research for their roles in “Rampart,” a film that presents a portrait of an LAPD veteran living life on the edge of chaos and crime.

Harrelson, talking during the Envelope Screening Series, said that his LAPD ride-along time was eye-opening and that he found a respect and connection with the cops after he got past the jolting things he witnessed.


“Aside from all other research — reading every book or watching documentaries, movies, anything to do with cops and and just trying to absorb as much as I could about cops and also specifically about the LAPD and the history of it — I felt like the thing that helped the most was riding along with these
guys,” Harrelson said. “And going from being a little nervous and shocked at what I was seeing to, you know, really respecting these guys and feeling the humanity in these guys and feeling like, ‘I could be a cop.’ ”


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