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Bob Thornton Interview...
working on a movie called Levities (with Morgan
Freeman and Holly Hunter), singer, actor
and director, Billy Bob Thornton took some
time out to talk to ShowBizIreland.com.
Currently starring in the Coen brothers' A
Man Who Wasn't There, and in the soon to be released
Monsters Ball, 46 year old Thornton is also
enjoying the success of his current album, Private
was thinking the other day, I'm married to the love
of my life, my kids are healthy and doing great at
school, I do the work I want to do, the movies, the
writing songs, the touring. Every day I thank my lucky
stars. I feel like I'm the luckiest man alive", he
And why shouldn't he? With successful careers in both
the film and music industries, the boy from Arkansas
has done well.
to actress Angelina Jolie, he tells us: "We
have a policy where we are never away from each other
for more than two weeks".
Do you find that difficult, what with your hectic
"Not really, we've worked it out pretty well. I'm
in Montreal, she just left a couple of days ago. She
was doing a movie here and the movie I was doing,
it didn't matter what city it was in, so I said 'hey
guys, how about Montreal', they said fine. Things
work out pretty well".
just completed a 60's pop cover record (something
he always wanted to do), which will be released next
year, Billy Bob is halfway through recording the follow
up album to Private Radio.
Primarily a story-telling album, Private Radio contains
songs such as 'Angelina'.
and Angelina have a tremendous love-bond for one another.
Do you have any particular secret?
"We met each other and we knew instantly. There was
no doubt about it and there never has been since.
It sounds trite but it is the truth - we are absolutly
best friends. If you are best fiends you talk out
everything. So before there is ever a problem, you
already know each other. Honesty, and really letting
the other person know what you are feeling all the
time, keep you ok."
An extremely friendly and easy to talk to man, Billy
Bob Thornton does not believe his own hype. Happier
to stay at home and write music than attend glitzy
Hollywood parties, this down to earth star is a refreshing
break from the norm.
I'm around famous people I still don't feel like I'm
one of them. I go a little shy around them. I don't
get the red carpet treatment a lot anyway! It embarrasses
me. I get embarrassed when people call my name. I
appreciate it, because I love that people like what
What kind of current music do you like?
"I don't find the music these days is good - I listen
to a lot of older stuff. I do find every now and then
I'll run into something I like. I don't want to be
influenced by what's popular. And some good movies
even. I don't watch movies when I'm making them, except
old ones. I'm not exactly a huge movie star. I'm known
more as an actor. Not so much as a celebrity person.
In Europe, people appreciate what I do more, really.
A movie like 'A Man Who Wasn't There', is really
more of a European movie. Over here people want to
see Die Hard."
die-hard fans of Billy Bob Thornton can see him in
The Shelter, Vicar St., on April 1st when he
kicks off his European tour here in Dublin.