Movie star Woody Harrelson admitted on Tuesday that his college mentor Mike Pence almost convinced him to become a preacher. Pence graduated Hanover College in 1981 and Harrelson in 1983.
Harrelson was interviewing with Marc Maron on the WTF Podcast when he revealed his relationship with Pence. He told the show host:
“I was supposed to become a minister. I did a sermon when I was 17, and I did another one at Hanover College. And this is kind of bizarre, but Mike Pence was two years older than me at Hanover and he was kind of the guy that led me through it.”
It was at that point that Maron interjected to call Mike Pence a “frightening guy”, hoping to get Woody Harrelson to agree with him.
To Maron’s disappointment, Harrelson decided to show his old classmate Pence respect, saying:
“No, not at all. Look, we weren’t buddies or anything, but you know he was very religious and he was the guy who headed the thing for students who wanted to do religious things.”
However, Woody Harrelson’s relationship with Mike Pence was not the only thing he revealed on the show. He also claimed that former California Governor Jesse Ventura had him at a dinner with Donald Trump about a potential presidential run in 2004.
“Jesse Ventura he called me and he says I am coming to New York and I’m having dinner with Trump. He’s gonna try and convince me to be his running mate for the 2004 Democratic ticket.”
Now-President Trump was a registered Democrat between 2001 and 2009 before changing his party back to Republican.
Donald Trump has claimed that his decision to rejoin the Republican party was because Democrats had given up on American patriotism. A similar sentiment is held by many members of the popular “Walk Away” movement, for former Democrats who could no longer support that party.