Billy Bob Thornton Talks About Faster and Getting Back to Acting
11.27.10 by Ryan
With Faster opening this week, it marks the second movie Billy Bob Thornton has appeared in over the past two years. Thornton explained to Reuters that his band has taken up most of his time.
I did spend about two years mostly touring with the band, recording a lot of records. The last movie was [2008's] Eagle Eye, and then we decided to hit the road. Then I did Faster. With the economy, they aren't making as many movies, so when you see a good one you got to grab it, and Faster was that. The great thing about every character in [it], pretty much, there's sort of an ambiguity to all of them, and I always like characters like that. I don't know that there are any good guys or bad buys, everybody in it's got a pretty heavy past.
Before being known for his performances in Sling Blade and Bad Santa, Thornton was also a successful screenwriter, though it has been a decade since he wrote a movie. Thornton says that's going to change as well.
In some ways, I'd like to start writing more screenplays. It's been about 10 years since I wrote a screenplay, but I just finished one. I wrote it with Tom Epperson. He and I wrote The Gift and One False Move and A Family Thing. We just finished this one, and I'm going to star in and direct it. Kind of like we did Sling Blade. Now, it's just a matter of financing it for the proper amount of money.
Thornton says he decided to get back to screenwriting because he wasn't pleased with the "nature of movies they are making these days."
I figured that instead of sitting around complaining that I really don't want to be in a superhero movie or cartoon or a 3D vampire movie and all that kind of thing, I've written movies before, so why not write one. And that's really, probably, the main reason I started to write this one. But then when you get into it, then it's like, "oh yeah, I remember why I like doing this."
Thornton says his next screenwriting venture should please "whatever audience I might have had or have now," as it will take place in 1969 Alabama and "deals a lot with how different generations view war and also it examines the randomness of life and death."