- Posted on: April 23, 2017
It’s fate, and you know, nobody can stop fate!
On a beautiful sunny Sunday with Cambridge, the scenic Backs and the willow-lined River Cam looking their very best, Woody Harrelson visited Rutherford’s for a Private Punting Experience.
The legendary actor was in the city for an Arts Picturehouse screening with a live Q&A of his new movie Lost in London, which he also directed.
Our experienced guide, Max, gave Woody a tour of the prestigious College Backs and also a quick lesson in the art of punting. Together with Rutherford’s Founder, Emma Wynne, they then visited The Anchor for some light refreshment.
Max said, “I’m a real fan of Woody’s work, which I’ve studied because I’m a film-maker myself. When I heard he was coming to Cambridge, I thought it would be great to give him a punt ride, and happily he said yes.
“He didn’t really know very much about punting or punts, he just knew they were some kind of boat, and he looked a bit confused and unsure when he saw how low the punt was in the water, and the ‘stick’ used to steer it.
“But once he was in the boat he relaxed, really cool and laid back. We actually had about an hour together, which was fantastic. He even had a go on the pole himself and made a pretty good job of it.
“He’s a real Pink Floyd fan, and he suggested we could stop at The Anchor, because of its connections with the band, so we parked up there and had a drink by the river.”
The star of The Hunger Games and Natural Born Killers made sure that we’d remember him with his charm and humour. The movie star chatted with Max and Emma about his films, including his directorial debut, while they sat in the sunshine with their drinks.
Woody was keen to try out a Guinness, but then he changed his mind, and gave that to Max. He had a glass of rose wine instead, because that’s what Emma was having!
Max continued, “He wasn’t putting on any airs, he was just a regular, Texan dude, and he seemed to really like Cambridge and the atmosphere. He was just very easy to chat to, and we even took a couple of pale ales to drink in the punt on the way back to the moorings.
“In fact, Woody and the river were a perfect fit as they are both serene and they are an absolute joy to be around. We were honoured to have been able to give him a taste of our wonderful city.”
May the odds be ever in our favour!