By Billy Bob Thornton

There is—and may perhaps simply ever be—one Billy Bob Thornton:  actor, musician, Academy Award-winning screenwriter, and unintended Hollywood badass. In The Billy Bob Tapes, he leads us into his Cave packed with Ghosts, spinning colourful stories of his modest (to say the least) Southern upbringing, his extraordinary phobias (komoda dragons?), his lifestyles, his loves (including his marriage to fellow Oscar winner Angelina Jolie), and, after all, his motion picture profession. better of all, he’s feeding those really terrific tales and righteous philosophical rants via his shut good friend, Kinky Friedman—legendary kingdom track celebrity, bestselling writer, would-be baby-kisser, and all-around bon vivant. placed those iconoclasts jointly and also you get a star’s tale that’s really an insightful popular culture manifesto—a hybrid offspring of Born status Up with Sh*t My Dad Says.

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Then we made a three-picture care for Disney, with Touchstone. i used to be getting bits and items right here and there, creating a little cash as an actor doing Matlock and a few different television paintings. i used to be by no means one to assert that motion picture appearing is best than television performing. the one distinction is you might want to stream so speedy in television you don’t have a lot time to paintings on whatever. you could take all day to do ten traces in a film. I hate it while humans say, “Oh, he’s a television actor. ” There’s a few good things on television. James Garner within the Rockford records, he was once exceptional. these days, scale back Your Enthusiasm makes me snort, it’s hysterical to me. J. B. Smoove as Leon, Larry David’s roommate at the express, he’s humorous as shit. Jeff Garlin, all these men. Larry David is without doubt one of the men on my checklist that i would like to fulfill. perhaps I’ll remorse it, you by no means recognize. You don’t recognize till you meet someone. i do know the Farrelly brothers pretty much, and so they have been capturing in Atlanta after we have been making Jayne Mansfield’s motor vehicle. They invited me over to their set someday while i used to be off. They stated that Larry David had simply left, simply because he’s within the motion picture they have been capturing. I simply sat round at the set that day, so dissatisfied that I didn’t get to fulfill him. you recognize, you can’t ever cease being a fan. That’s an important factor for an artist. by no means cease being a fan. It doesn’t subject how gigantic you get, you were given to consistently be a fan. as soon as your ego takes over and also you commence hating different artists, that’s whilst you’ll die within. Like a person. It doesn’t topic who it is—it can be a person or anything from 40 years ago—but being a fan retains you alive as an artist. It conjures up you. although I’m within the leisure company, I’m nonetheless a massive fan. i admire video clips and tune. In 1987 I labored on a sequence referred to as The Outsiders in line with S. E. Hinton’s booklet and the motion picture that was once on Fox while Fox used to be a truly new community. The convey lasted a 12 months, however it was once the 1st time I made regular cash as an actor. i used to be residing with my blood brother Coby and his spouse, Katja, over in Glendale, i used to be seeing a host of ladies, and that i hadn’t been this unstressed and had this a lot enjoyable in view that I labored for the Arkansas street division. IF i may return TO ANY TIME IN MY lifestyles AND RELIVE IT, it might be whilst i used to be making The Alamo, undesirable Santa, or while I labored for the Arkansas road division again in 1979, correct prior to I got here again to California. I labored for the street division for approximately a 12 months and a part, using unload vehicles, shoveling asphalt, and salting the roads while it snowed or froze. i used to be one of many men that took the tractor and the bush hog and mowed the median and the banks. I drove a patch truck and patched holes within the street. a superb pal of mine named Broderick Collins used to be my roommate in this time. He additionally labored on the street division. It was once only a reliable time whilst there has been no accountability. We didn’t have some huge cash, however it was once ours. My mother had gotten remarried and moved off to Louisville, Kentucky, so we lived in the home that I grew up in, simply me and Broderick.

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