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Billy Bob Thornton

August 4, 2007

This is from Mr. Woodchuck.

Billy Bob Thornton has become one of my favorite actors.  Not only is he skilled, but he’s also a Metallica fan and the Arkansas native is part of the Cardinals Nation.  I stayed away from Thornton for a long time due to his affiliation with Angelina Jolie, but once she left the picture I began to appreciate how good an actor he is.  His appearance on Dinner for Five certainly helped me look beyond Jolie.

I first saw him as the underhanded dealer in Tombstone, but have yet to see what’s widely considered his best role, Sling Blade, which followed a couple of years later.  He’s had several fairly small but decent roles in otherwise lame films like Armageddon and U Turn.  He then teams up with Bruce Willis and Cate Blanchett in a fun movie called Bandits.

I think Bad Santa is what solidified Thornton in the plus side in my mind.  At that point, I had already seen him play several completely different characters, and I particularly liked his performance in that film.  He was also awesome as Davy Crockett, but sadly The Alamo fell hard.  For some reason, they remade Bad News Bears, and again he was the only bright spot in an otherwise crappy film.  He got back to his villainous ways in Ice Harvest, but again the film just kind of sucked.

He was also awesome in School for Scoundrels, but it turned out to be a pretty good movie too.  It’s nice when the stars align like that.  Most recently, I saw him in the family film, The Astronaut Farmer which once again reunites him with Bruce Willis.  The movie isn’t the most believable concept, but the underlying themes are OK and the film itself is entertaining enough.  I wouldn’t be opposed to watching it again at any rate.

I see he is playing a high school P.E. teacher in the upcoming comedy, Mr. Woodcock, and it looks like it has some potential for laughs.

Thornton is 52.

Other birthdays: Richard Belzer, Lauren Tom, Roger Clemens, Jeff Gordon, Daniel Dae Kim, Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse, and Barack Obama.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 6, 2007 7:12 am

    Oh come now. Didn’t you want to highlight Cole and Dylan Sprouse? hehehehe

  2. August 6, 2007 4:37 pm

    Yeah, not so much.

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