How Did Woody Harrelson End Up In U2’s New Video?

By now, most have likely seen U2’s moving new video for “Song For Someone,” and in between wiping away a few tears, you may have been wondering just how Woody Harrelson was cast in the video.  Well, wonder no more!

Radio 92.9’s Jason Rossi got a chance to talk to The Edge and Adam Clayton recently, and the answer to that question, as it turns out, wasn’t as complicated as you’d think:

The Edge:  “Woody Harrelson is a friend of ours.  I think [he] agreed to do it, because of his connection with us.  I don’t think it was a particular relationship he had with the director.  He a great guy [Vincent Haycock] – a young English director…We wanted Woody to be in that role; he was our first choice, and we were just so happy that he was up for it.  And I think his performance is phenomenal.  He really nailed it!  So, we’re doubly happy he was able to do it, not only because he’s our friend and obviously a great actor, but when we saw his performance, we were like, ‘Wow! This is too cool!’”

Adam Clayton:  “Yeah, Woody was great, and he gave up his time, and he did it.  So, it was a gift to us.”

I guess it pays to be friends with one of the biggest bands in the world!

U2 will be playing night four of their eight-night stand at New York City’s Madison Square Garden tonight (July 23rd.)

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.