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Woody Harrelson mistakes TMZ photographer for zombie from his latest film, altercation ensues

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Woody Harrelson’s explanation for an alleged tussle with a TMZ photographer at New York City’s La Guardia Airport Wednesday night is Method acting. “I wrapped a movie called Zombieland, in which I was constantly underassault by zombies, then flew to New York, still very much incharacter,” Harrelson said in a statement issued by hispublicist and obtained by CNN.  “With my daughter at the airport I was startled by a paparazzo, who I quite understandably mistook for a zombie.” The unnamed TMZ photographer, whose footage has been posted on the tabloid web site, filed a complaint with authorities accusing the actor of damaging his camera and pushing him in the face. No charges have yet been brought. According to Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer’s web site, the film wrapped Wednesday in Georgia. Harrelson’s last day was Monday, April 6, while costars Abigail Breslin, Emma Stone, and Jesse Eisenberg finished the day before, the first-time feature director reported via Twitter. They’d been shooting in various locations since early February. On Feb. 26, the local newspaper The Valdosta Daily Times ran a piece on the tight-lipped production, saying, “Harrelson has reportedly been spotted playingbasketball at Valdosta State University, playing soccer with kids,hanging out in restaurants like Charley O’Corley’s and Flip Flops inRemerton. Reports of Woody Harrelson sightings have been rampant –almost all of these reports have the added commentary that he’s a greatguy, very open and friendly.” Photos of set dressings on Fleischer’s site from late March show charred vehicles and a tank.

Harrelson also had an altercation with a TMZ photographer outside a Los Angeles nightclub in 2006. According to CNN, prosecutors declined to press charges against Harrelson in that case,but the photographer, Josh Levine, filed a civil suit last year asking for $2.5 million in damages.