Somewhere along the line we stopped believing we could do anything. And if we don't have our dreams, we have nothing.— Billy Bob Thornton
The most grateful Billy Bob Thornton quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
I don't have a fear of flying; I have a fear of crashing.
I've never heard of anybody smoking a joint and going on a rampage.
It makes you lie around on the floor and look at the ceiling. What's wrong with that?
Movies these days have made killers into funny people.
What's that all about? I've got kids and family and friends, and I don't like bad things. I don't think they're funny, and it's irresponsible to make movies that don't show you how that's not good.
I was the fattest baby in Clark County, Arkansas.
They put me in the newspaper. It was like a prize turnip.
Getting the nomination is like gravy. Winning would be like whatever is better than gravy.
I figured I would have to tell someone to kiss my ass before it was all over, and I have -- twice.
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.
I believe in running through the rain and crashing into the person you love and having your lips bleed on each other.
Marketing is the devil.
You know, what's popular? Okay, vampires are very popular.
Let me make my vampire movie. I'm not saying you can't make a vampire movie. But if you're going to do one do something crazy. I mean don't just get a bunch of, like I said, models and make them into vampires so you'll get an audience. You know maybe get some ugly vampires for a change.
I don't like movies that are shot on green screen much, you know.
I mean, I know that's the thing to do, and I know that it's getting. I'll put it this way; David Lean would probably kill himself, you know, again if he knew that people were watching Lawrence of Arabia on a telephone.
You want to know the hardest thing about being smart? What? I pretty much always know what's going to happen next; there's no suspense.
My process started when I was born. The process is life experience. I believe that what makes you an artist, or at least an artist who can communicate the ideas that they want to get across, are people that have life experience.
I quit flying years ago. I don't want to die with tourists.
Heavy role in the movies that I've done that I have loved and fit my soul;
A Simple Plan, Monster's Ball, Sling Blade, One False Move, Bad Santa even. I mean Bad Santa is a comedy, and it's a very dark comedy, and it's become like iconic, you know.
I always wished there was somebody like the Coen Brothers and they appeared.
And so yeah, my favorite role that I've ever done was in The Man Who Wasn't There. That's my very favorite character I've ever played.
Every couple I know has side-by-side grave plots, but when we do it we're the biggest weirdos on the block.
I'm an actor. I'm not a performer. I'm not like a song and dance guy who can take a cane and a hat and do it. I would just you know. That's why I never did commercials.
I don't see anything wrong with a cell phone.
That's great. You have a flat tire in the middle of the night; it works better than digging in your pocket for a quarter and looking for a payphone eight miles down the road.
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.
When I was coming up in the '80s television, if you were on television that meant either you were a young actor just coming up like I was, or you were an older actor whose career was over and you had to go on television.
Just the other day, my assistant was on the line with Calvin Klein. Golly, I usually shop at Sears.
I never expected to be a movie star. It's not that I didn't want to be, I didn't think about it. I wanted to be an actor.
I'm kind of sad and happy all the time.
Just kind of like feeling, you know, full of life and confident, and at the same time terrified. I'm all of those things at once.
These days and times you can't do eclectic records. In the '60s you could, but not anymore.
They were on the set of Bad Santa, but I tried to keep the headphones away from them. My kids have seen Sling Blade, Armageddon, Bandits and Friday Night Lights. They have not seen Monster's Ball and nor will they ever. Even when they are 60. I will leave it in my will.
A lot of people are doing television now.
Great, legendary actors are doing movies on cable and stuff now, and you can't blame them, because they're still doing adult dramas and adult comedies on those stations.
I think people can live a religious life and yet believe in things maybe outside the box a little bit.
If you're in the heyday of rock and roll and movies, and that's where I grew up.
We didn't have to look for it. We didn't have to create angst. We didn't have to create desire. We didn't have to say, see we were screwed, my generation, because we wanted to be The Beatles or Elvis Presley. That ain't going to happen. So we always had this thing to reach for.
Nothing wrong with computer as things.
They can work wonders in communications and business and medicine and everything else.
As most characters are that I play, there's a lot of me in it, anyway.
If you've written it you know exactly;
whoever you're playing if you've written it you already know it. As a matter of fact, you've already made the movie if you wrote it. You've made it in your head.
[The lyrics and melody] usually come a little simultaneously, but I would say the lyrics are first; usually I have the idea for a story in my head, or few lines.
Comedy is harder than drama, because with comedy you're expecting a result.
.you make them laugh. [If] they ain't laughing then you're screwed.
I don't know how to type so I handwrite everything.
I'm not a TV junkie outside of sports and history really and stuff like that.
Well I loved Little League; so all the memories are pretty fond but I broke my thumb. That wasn't a lot of fun. I think probably the first time I pitched [I started out as a first baseman] and the first game I pitched in Little League, I struck out 10 batters. I had a curve ball a little early [laughs]. You're not really supposed to have one when you're 12, but I did, so I first game I struck out 10 batters. That's possibly my fondest memory.
These days movies are cut very quickly and sort of fragmented and I tend to do slower moving stories where people develop relationships with people. I think I'd probably do a lot better if I lived in Europe - I think it's more of a European sensibility somehow.
Anytime you get a chance to play some extreme character, in any direction, it's always a great blessing.
People want the truth but they only want the truth so they can talk bad about you on the blog or on television. They want you to tell them the truth and it screws everybody.
Nowadays the movies that people are going to see in the theaters are the big-event movies, like Spider-Man or something, or they're 25-year-old models who are vampires, or they're very broad comedies, or they're standard action movies. So if you're going to work for a studio and do a movie for the budget that the movie needs, those are the kinds of movies you'll be in.
I used to put that I studied with Stella Adler on my resume.
I never met Stella Adler. But if you told a casting director you studied with Stella Adler all the sudden they'd let you in the door.
Normally you're 21 years old and you look like Tom Cruise and you do a couple underwear commercials first and then you're a movie star. That didn't happen for me. So it was all quite overwhelming.
We're not encouraging idols other than on the TV show, you know and that's the wrong way to do it. If we had become famous from a contest show we'd be embarrassed in my generation. But if that's the benchmark then I thought well young people who want to be filmmakers, or musicians, or whatever are screwed. But maybe they're not because what they're doing is they're creating their own thing.
I always have an idea before we even start the movie because if you hire the wrong person, within a couple of days you're going to know that and you're going to be really panicked.
If Michelle Pfeiffer gave Mel Gibson a vial of blood to wear around his neck in a movie you'd think it was terribly romantic, everyone would cry and they'd win awards. But in real life if someone does that they'd be considered weird.
I always say if you're going to do a movie about Charles de Gaulle get a Frenchman, you know. I'm not French. And yeah, sure I could get with a dialect coach and work for six months trying to talk like a Frenchman. But there's some French actors. Just get one of them, you know.
If you look at a character as a mountain over there that you have to climb, then I think you've lost 50 percent of the air.