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Oscar-nomiee Woody Harrelson has taken on many roles, but an enthusiastic dinner guest of Donald Trump’s, long before he was president, may have been his most challenging.
The “Cheers” actor recalled in an interview with Esquire how he couldn’t make it through an uninterrupted conversation with Trump back in the early 2000s, before the real estate mogul became one of the most powerful people in the world.
Harrelson said his friend Jesse Ventura invited him to dine with the businessman and future first lady Melania Trump at the Trump Hotel. According to Harrelson, Trump was interested in having Ventura as a running mate for the 2004 Democratic ticket.
“And it was, let me tell you, a brutal dinner,” Harrelson said in the article published Wednesday. “Two and a half hours.”
So what exactly made their conversation so challenging, according to Harrleson? The 58-year-old said he could barely get a word in.
“Now, at a fair table with four people, each person is entitled to 25 percent of the conversation, right?” he said. “I’d say Melania got about 0.1 percent, maybe. I got about 1 percent. And the governor, Jesse, he got about 3 percent. Trump took the rest.”
In order to endure the one-sided convo, Harrelson went outside for a break.
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“It got so bad I had to go outside and burn one before returning to the monologue monopoly,” he said. “Listen, I came up through Hollywood, so I’ve seen narcissists. This guy was beyond. It blew my mind.”
Harrelson did admit Trump “did say one thing that was interesting, though.”
“He said, ‘You know, I’m worth four billion dollars,’ or maybe he said five billion dollars—one of those numbers, I forget,” he said. “‘But when I die, no matter how much it is, I know my kids are going to fight over it.’ That was the one true statement he made that night, and I thought, OK, yeah, that’s pretty cool.”
USA TODAY has reached out to reps for Ventura and Trump for comment.
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