Billy Bob Thornton explains acting hiatus and role in 'Faster'
It's been a few years since Billy Bob Thornton starred in the 2008 blockbuster film "Eagle Eye" with Shia LaBeouf and the actor says that he spent some time touring with his band, Boxmasters, and spending time with family.
"Well when you got a six -year-old, a 16-year-old, 17-year-old it keeps you busy. But I've spent the last couple of years on the road with the band, been touring a lot," the actor said during a press tour for the film "Faster". "I've been to the recording studio a lot and then did 'Faster'." His band is set to release a fourth record in 2011.
He jokes, "I woke up one day and said 'Hey there's a recession, I better do a movie."
In the movie, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, a former professional wrestler, plays a man who spends a decade in jail plotting to kill the people responsible for his brother's murder. Thornton plays a cop who is just a few days shy of retirement and is assigned to track Johnson's character.
"That appealed to me about the character," Thornton said. "A guy who's really world weary, you know? He's ready to live a regular life but he's got one more thing he's got to take care of."
Thornton also reveals he's not the biggest fan of the current crop of films that rely heavily on computer generated effects and 3D. "That's one of the things that also appealed to me is the fact that it's ['Faster'] a real movie," he said. "The 3D thing really kind of amuses me because people are saying, 'Hey did you see this 3D movie' and I'm like, 'You're kidding me. I saw 'House of Wax' in 3D when I was like eight."
The actor made his comments to Cari Skillman of KABC Television, OnTheRedCarpet.com's parent company, in an interview to promote his latest film "Faster", which opened on Friday.