Billy Bob Thornton

On himself:

“I was the fattest baby in Clark County, Arkansas. They put me in the newspaper. It was like a prize turnip.”

On marriage:

“I’ve been married five times, and people think that’s some bizarre thing, yet I’ve got buddies who refuse to get married and have sex with 15 people a week. I’m like, “Which is better? At least I was trying.”

“For our anniversary, I had a certificate drawn up that states I can never leave Angelina for eternity. It has the seal of the great state of Louisiana on it. I signed it in my own blood with a paintbrush.”

On acting:

“Acting is playing - it’s actually going out on a playground with the other kids and being in the game, and I need that. Writing satisfies that part of myself that longs to sit in my room and dream.”

“I can’t sit through plays and musical theatre. I just want to run up onstage and mess up their hair and turn over the furniture.”

“People think the hard thing for an actor is crying and screaming, but that’s easy. What’s hard is a character who never tips his hand, who toes the line all the time. The hard stuff is never telling yourself, “Hey, I do something better here.”

“Getting the Oscar nomination is like gravy. Winning would be like whatever is better than gravy.”


“It’s not that I don’t understand it. But people think if you speak with an English accent, it somehow makes you smarter.”

“I don’t have a fear of flying. I have a fear of crashing.”

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