Willie Nelson may not have friends in low places, but he certainly has some unlikely connections. The country singer and marijuana advocate is good friends with actor Owen Wilson.
The 46-year-old actor revealed his unlikely friendship with Willie Nelson. He recently appeared on The Late Show with James Corden where he talked about his experience hanging out with the 82-year-old music legend in Hawaii. It turns out that Wilson and Nelson are neighbors in the beautiful state. The two stars often get together to play both board games and card games, according to the No Escape actor.
“From growing up in Texas there is no bigger icon than Willie Nelson. To say you know Willie Nelson is like saying you know Clint Eastwood or something, but I live on Maui and he lives not too far away and we play dominoes and poker and stuff.”
Owen isn’t the only person who’s good friends with Willie Nelson. Comedian Johnny Knoxville also revealed that he spends time with the music icon. In fact, Willie and Johnny met in the 2005 film The Dukes of Hazzard. The actor told James Corden that he partakes in the ganja with the country legend.
“Usually when you’re hanging out Willie Nelson you don’t remember much. See I love the idea of smoking weed but I think I’m allergic to it, I get these crazy dizzy spells.”
After Corden joked that Knoxville is more of a “meth guy,” the actor said that he feels he has to oblige to Willie Nelson’s marijuana habit.
“So I tried to ghost toke it and put a bit to my lips but not actually have any but it doesn’t work, some gets in.”
Now, changing gears to how the “Red Headed Stranger” has an unlikely connection with a Texas family. It’s really Willie’s music that has a special connection with a little girl. The family claims that the country singer’s iconic music collection saved their daughter’s life.
Ava Adams, 4, was born prematurely at 27 weeks old. She had to undergo a dozen bowel surgeries and spent over 200 days in NICU, according to a previous report via Chron. Ava has to use a feeding tube to eat, and weighs smaller than most children her age.
Ava’s parents told KFDA-TV in Amarillo, Texas, that Willie Nelson’s music keeps her spirits up as she fights her severe health problems. She also carries a Willie Nelson doll everywhere she goes. Jamison Adams says that Nelson’s classic hits like “On the Road Again” and “Always on My Mind” helped her through her serious health issues and even helps her sleep at night.
“Any time she was having a bad day, you could play Willie Nelson or Johnny Cash or Ray price and her stats would come up, she would start doing better just immediately.”
Willie Nelson is in the middle of a tour at the moment. Hopefully, the iconic music legend will pay a special visit to this sweet girl and her family.
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