GREEN STRUM Nelson
Country Western legend Willie Nelson's seen a lot of characters in his days, but nothing quite like Matthew McConaughey. During filming for the forthcoming (2008) comedy Surfer Dude (Nelson plays a farmer), he tells Radar, "Just before a scene with Matthew McConaughey, I saw him from a couple of yards away. I thought he had lost his mind! He was spinning around, kind of like you do when you're a kid and you make yourself dizzy. I came to find out he was preparing himself for the scene—he was supposed to be tired."
The country Western legend took to the green carpet at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square Monday night for the launch of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, the baby of Nelson's wife Annie and Daryl Hannah. Biodiesel is fuel produced from plant oils, or in Willie's case, from fried turkey drippins—Revolution Green documentary filmmaker, Jessica Kelly, told Radar how she spent a Thanksgiving dinner with Nelson, and he joked about converting the deep-fried turkey oil to biodiesel. Then he actually did it with a kit in the backyard and drove home with the fuel. Yesterday's waste grease from the Hard Rock was also converted to fuel for his tour bus.
The country-music outlaw took the stage for hit after hit, sporting his trademark red bandanna and a T-shirt, touting his family-farmer Sunday gig, Farm Aid. Show MC and fellow sometime-partier Woody Harrelson joined Willie Nelson and Family onstage for a rollicking number.