The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts

By Billy Bob Thornton

There is—and may basically 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 jam-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, in fact, his motion picture occupation. better of all, he’s feeding those really exceptional tales and righteous philosophical rants via his shut good friend, Kinky Friedman—legendary state song megastar, bestselling writer, would-be flesh presser, and all-around bon vivant. placed those iconoclasts jointly and also you get a star’s tale that’s truly an insightful popular culture manifesto—a hybrid offspring of Born status Up with Sh*t My Dad Says.

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And that i stated, “Well, great to satisfy you too. ” by some means via that bunch I additionally met Phil Bruns, a brand new York personality actor. should you ever watched Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, he performed Mary Hartman’s father, who at the sequence went loopy. I had a few nice instances within the West Coast Ensemble, which i used to be in from 1981 via approximately 1987 or 1988. I’m nonetheless associates with these humans. i've got a couple of associates who're best actors. I examine Dennis Quaid and Bruce Willis sturdy acquaintances. I don’t see invoice Paxton that a lot anymore, yet we got here up and spent such a lot of our time operating round jointly within the mid- to past due eighties during the early nineties, and that i seek advice from him now and then.

I couldn’t even move into the entire instances we’ve had. simply understand that Dwight and i've many tales to inform. i am hoping he writes a publication in the future, simply because he’s no longer lazy like me and he’ll most likely let you know the whole lot. And he used to be extraordinary in Sling Blade. So have been Jimmy Hampton, Rick Dial, Lucas Black, John Ritter, and Natalie Canerday—they all should’ve been spotted far more than they have been for that motion picture. I’ve spent nights putting out with Dwight, Gary Busey, Kinky Friedman, Bud Cort, and Warren Zevon by surprise.

Bankruptcy 16 “Pie within the Sky” I’m beautiful certain I’m gonna get a hold of a plan rather quickly in recent years at evening I’ve been talkin’ it over with the fellow within the moon I’ve received this loopy feelin’ that my send will are available perhaps destiny will ultimately turn this outdated loser a win I hold throwin’ needs In a good that’s nearly dry I’m keepin’ physique and soul jointly Eatin’ pie within the sky —“Pie within the Sky” (Thornton/Andrew) WE got here again TO ARKANSAS WITH OUR TAILS among OUR LEGS, after which Tom desired to visit Hollywood to be a screenwriter.

Brando was once nice simply by being Brando. If he used to be a dishwasher and he got here out to bus your desk, you’d watch him the entire as far back as the kitchen and be like, “What was once that? ” by way of performing technique, you've got loads of particularly revered performing coaches and academics, just like the past due Lee Strasberg, who quite comprehend their shit. they've got a few strong rules. yet i feel the best way that appearing periods may be most sensible placed to exploit is contemplating them as a spot to determine. It’s like if you’re a musician and you’ve received nowhere to play, yet somebody’s prepared to allow you to come to their little workshop making a song workforce any other week and play your songs.

In a while, while i used to be in my twenties, I bought in comparison to him much, which was once stable to me and perhaps undesirable to a few folks. Uncle Don was once a rustic musician. Sang like Jim Reeves and performed the guitar left-handed, the wrong way up, like Jimi Hendrix. He appeared the same as Errol Flynn, darkish, with a bit mustache. He was once within the military within the Korean conflict. Uncle Don taught me approximately song and he taught me approximately existence. He used to be the main fascinating son-of-a-bitch on the planet. He was once married like six occasions or whatever, and he continuously married chicks who may possibly play bass.

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