Billy Bob Thornton: My kids aren't that impressed that I'm an actor
Billy Bob Thornton was back in the director's chair for his latest film, "Jayne Mansfield's Car," and while some may be impressed with the Oscar-winning actor's resume, Thornton said his kids aren't that impressed by his line of work.
"Well, you know, it's funny. My boys are 19 and 20 now and my daughter will be nine this month and they just look at me as their dad. I mean, they're not that impressed that I'm an actor," Thornton told Cari Skillman of KABC Television, OTRC.com's parent company on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The actor has four children from three relaitonships.
"They're pretty unimpressed really," he later added. "When they see my picture on a billboard or something they're just kind of like, 'Gosh dad. You look stupid in that picture. What are you playing in that movie anyway?' So, they keep you down to earth, believe me."
On top of directing "Jayne Mansfield's Car," Thornton also wrote the screenplay and appears in the film. The movie is set in Alabama in 1969 and looks at how the death of an estranged wife and mother affects two families.
The film also stars Kevin Bacon, Robert Duvall, Robert Patrick and Tippi Hedren.
"When you're making a movie about family and the difficulties within a family, that's a universal subject," Thornton said. "So whether it's in India, Texas or Canada or Australia, wherever it is, people all deal with these same problems and the same desires and hopes and dreams and everything that's in this movie and the same fears and communication concerns, which this movie is full of, we all have that."
Thornton also talked about "Parkland," another film set in the 1960s which follows the chaos immediately after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Thornton plays Forrest Sorrels, the head of the Secret Service in Dallas at the time of the assassination.
"That's a very large ensemble cast," Thornton said of "Parkland." "We all essentially have big cameos in it, so that was a -- it was quite an experience. I think Peter Landesman, who directed the movie, did a terrific job of putting it together."
Reporting by Cari Skillman of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).