ASHEVILLE -- All last summer, locals would spy Woody Harrelson on the streets of Asheville, eating raw manicotti at The Laughing Seed, often shoeless, blending in with the rest of the city’s hemp-wearing vegan vagabonds.
One of the stars of “The Hunger Games,” filmed entirely in North Carolina, Harrelson bunked at the Hotel Indigo on Haywood Street, enjoying views of the Blue Ridge Mountains through floor-to-ceiling windows – or, if he preferred, from the vantage point of a claw-foot tub.
So one day, the makers of Buchi, a brand of the bubbly tea-based beverage called kombucha, sent Harrelson a gift basket, figuring odds were slim he’d ever open it.
But the next day, the star found the staff at an Asheville arts festival, hopped shoeless off the bus and posed for pictures wearing a Navy blue Buchi T-shirt.
“I was out there slingin’ Buchi,” said Zane Adams, the drink’s marketing guru, “and he was just rockin’ the shirt.”
BY JOSH SHAFFER - JSHAFFER@NEWSOBSERVER.COM
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