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Harrelson, Wilson separated in film

Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson have revealed that they couldn't record their Free Birds voice roles together.

The comedic pair, who voice turkey buddies Jake and Reggie in the 3D animated movie, admitted they were denied the opportunity to improvise scenes together.

"They found that it was best if they wanted to make their day and actually get any work done, that it was best to keep us separated," said Owen, who lends his voice to Reggie.

The 45-year-old joked that they are like naughty schoolboys: "Again, I'm cast in that role - it's a part I've played to perfection my whole life!"

Woody, who voices Jake, added: "It felt like being in school and being separated - it's sad. It's like my friend is over there and I'm over here!"

Owen, who voiced Lightning McQueen in Pixar's Cars films, said that voiceover work feels like "pure" acting, because it focuses on the voice.

" This is the purest form of acting. It's like being a kid where it's just make-believe - acting is too, but this even more so," he said.

Owen - who is expecting his second child, this time with personal trainer Caroline Lindqvist - admitted he always delegated Thanksgiving duties to the rest of his family, including his younger brother Luke.

"My mum, looking back, shouldered the burden. I wasn't in there, whipping something up," he recalled.

"I always watched the (Dallas) Cowboys game and then played the football game in the yard, and then asked, 'How long do we have to wait around for dinner?' I would delegate the dishes to Luke," he added.

Amy Poehler and George Takei also feature in Free Birds, which opens in cinemas on November 29.

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