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Zombieland: Woody Harrelson Obsessed with Twinkies and Zombies

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Woody Harrelson plays Tallahassee, whose main goal is finding the last Twinkie on earth. Jesse Eisenberg plays Columbus, who is a cowardly sissy-boy trying to keep out of the zombies way. The unlikely pair play two of the last few guys around doing whatever they can to stay one step ahead of the ballistic zombies, hell-bent on the destruction of man-kind.

They're doing a pretty good job when they meet up with two girls, Emma Stone (Wichita) and Abigail Breslin (Little Rock), who have their own ways of defeating the flesh-eating zombies. Do you see a pattern here? The characters have all taken US cities as their Zombieland names.

Tallahasee and Columbus go into a ransacked grocery store trying to tease out one of the zombies. Tallahassee starts picking his banjo to the tune of Deliverance, the zombie comes out baring his teeth, and Tallahassee whacks him with the banjo. Lots of blood, guts and violence.

Zombieland looks hilarious. One scene has a zombie running out of the restroom trailing a long piece of toilet paper behind him. I'll bet you haven't seen that before! “It’s the Citizen Kane of action-comedy-zombie movies,” says Harrelson. Zombieland is one big comedy of horrors, if there is such a thing.

To make Zombieland seem even more insane - and frightening - there's a carnival with clown zombies. Weapons of all kinds like frying pans, a banjo, toaster, baseball bat and a chainsaw among other lethal items, are used to put these nasty zombies down.

Latino Review asks Harrelson, "What was the interesting acting challenge for you in this film?" Harrelson says; "In 'Zombieland'? An acting challenge? Really seeming like I was desperately wanting a Twinkie was probably my biggest acting challenge. I haven't had a Twinkie in twenty something years."

The fact that Woody Harrelson follows a strict organic diet in real life, makes the whole thing seems rather ironic, but funny. Tallahassee is so obsessed with locating a stash of Twinkies, that you'll be rooting for him to find at least one by the end of the movie. The studio made him cornmeal Twinkies which he thought were awesome, so he didn't have to break his diet.

"Zombieland" is the funniest zombie movie since "Shaun of the Dead," funnier even than "Fido." This is a "28 Days Later" played for laughs -- lots of them, endless jokes, one-liners and sight gags," says goerie.com.

"What's a good way to kill a zombie without a ton of blood?" at which point a baby grand piano comes crashing down on a sidewalk in front of a church crushing the zombie. "Wooh, wooh, wooh," says Harrelson. "What's wrong with a ton of blood? You need something to paint your face with afterwards. Nothing says massive head trauma like a bowling ball. Roughly 16 pounds."

Zombieland, rated R, opens in theaters on October 2nd. Zombieland is directed by Ruben Fleischer. Do not bring your kids to see this twisted, gory, and did I say hilarious film?

Photo by David Shankbone

Written by Donna Diegel
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