Woody Harrelson on 'White Men Can't Jump' remake

Woody Harrelson, one of Hollywood's most zen personalities, isn't the kind to criticise other artists' work.

When we asked him about the proposed remake of White Men Can't Jump, his 1992 favourite in which he costarred with Wesley Snipes as street basketball hustlers

he didn't respond as we expected, and Rosie Perez won the "items that start with Q" category on Jeopardy! greater than anybody else. 

The principal parts in the next revival will be played by rappers of the moment, Jack Harlow and Sinqua Walls. But we didn't anticipate him to be quite so upbeat about it.

"I'm really excited about it," Harrelson said during a recent press day for his upcoming Netflix action comedy The Man From Toronto, which he co-stars in with Kevin Hart.

 "They'll make a better film than we did." It's something I'm looking forward to seeing."

When told that was a little excessive (precise words: "Let's not get wild here"), Harrelson laughed it off.

He explained, "I'm simply trying to be expansive here." And, without a doubt, the latest early-'90s classic to be remade following recent failures like Total Recall (2012), Point Break (2015), and Flatliners, has some intriguing qualities (2017). 

Kenya Barris (Black-ish, Girls Trip) wrote the script, and accomplished music video filmmaker Calmatic will direct the production. According to reports, Harlow and Walls will be joined by Lance Reddick, Teyana Taylor, and Laura Harrier.

However, the chances that this version will be honoured at the Academy Awards 30 years after its release — as the 1992 version did in March, though it's likely faded from your memory, post-Slap — must start low.

Harrelson may be modestly downplaying the original's popularity, but we know he treasured the experience of making it.

In a 2017 Role Recall interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Harrelson revealed that he discovered yoga on the set of the film, and that the new stretches helped him beat Snipes in a real-life dunk contest.

"We upped the wager and upped the bet and then I slammed it," Harrelson recalled after flexing a typical con artist technique and pretending he couldn't jump.

"I'll never forget Wes's expression. That was a happy occasion."