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Woody Harrelson has his eye on a sitcom role

Woody Harrelson could see himself starring in a sitcom as he believes it would mean a relaxed work week.

The Hunger Games actor stepped off the big screen into TV drama True Detective alongside Matthew McConaughey in 2014. While his performance was applauded by critics, the star will think long and hard about making such a commitment again.

“It goes on and on,” he sighed to Britain's The Independent newspaper when talking about television work. “Just doing True Detective was six months, so that’s half a year spent doing it. I think you’ve really got to be prepared before you jump into something like that."

Woody added he won't be signing up for a cameo in any of his favourite shows, which include period drama Downton Abbey and fantasy series Game of Thrones, but did make one concession: “A sitcom? I could actually see that a little better. Not such a strenuous work week... Nothing I’m averse to!”

Maybe the 54-year-old is hoping a sitcom would provide a fun atmosphere on set. The star loves a good prank and well and truly fooled his The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 castmates during filming.

“I am one of those guys who does sometimes like to make people laugh,” he smirked. “I did one prank on April Fools’ Day where I got our make-up artist to come over to my house and make my face look like I’d been in a bad bike wreck and skidded, blood everywhere.

“I rang Francis Lawrence as I was supposed to film the next day and asked him what I should do. He said, ‘First, you need to get to the hospital!’ Then I called Liam (Hemsworth) and told him to come to the hospital to pick me up, but I made the name up and of course there was no such place.

“That was a dark one, it played on people’s sympathies. Nothing good about it, but…”

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