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Woody Harrelson recalls fond college memories of VP Mike Pence: 'I actually quite liked him

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On Wednesday night, actor Woody Harrelson confirmed that he went to college with Vice President Mike Pence — and noted that actually liked him quite a bit.

What's the history with these two?

Harrelson appeared on Wednesday's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" where he talked about his college years and described what the future vice president was like at the time.

Harrelson and Pence both graduated from Hanover College in Indiana; Harrelson in 1983, and Pence in 1981.

"I knew him," Harrelson said, referring to Pence. "We were both very religious; it was a Presbyterian college."

Harrelson revealed that he was attending the school on a Presbyterian scholarship and made the acquaintance of Pence while enrolled.

"Do you have any memories of a young Mike Pence?" Kimmel asked. "Like, were you guys hanging out together?"

Harrelson responded, "I actually quite liked him. I thought he was a pretty good guy. You know, he's very religious, very committed."

"Seeing as how I'm not quite in that ballpark now, I don't know how we'd get along," he continued, "because I think he's still quite religious."

"It's just a whole different brand of 'religious,'" the actor added. "That kind of fervor that you really don't want."

Anything else?

Harrelson revealed that he, too, was fairly religious during his college years and was actually considering being a minister at the time.

"I just kind of went a different way," Harrelson admitted, pointing to the fact that he'd fallen in love with acting and embarked on a decadeslong career as a result.

"I started to see how man-made the Bible was," he said earlier in the interview, noting that he decided that he'd "put this whole thing on hold for awhile ... so that I can have twenties and thirties of extreme hedonism."

The audience responded to Harrelson's comments on hedonism with clapping and cheering.

Kimmel then went on to ask Harrelson where his heart and mind was with regard to religion.

"Right now it's still on hold?" Kimmel asked. "Or has it been canceled?"

Turning more serious, Harrelson answered, "I do believe there is a god. But that, ironically, came from reading 'Autobiography of a Yogi' by Paramahansa Yogananda."



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