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Top 10 Billy Bob Thornton Quotes (BEST)

  1. Somewhere along the line we stopped believing we could do anything. And if we don't have our dreams, we have nothing.
  2. I don't have a fear of flying; I have a fear of crashing.
  3. 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?
  4. I was the fattest baby in Clark County, Arkansas. They put me in the newspaper. It was like a prize turnip.
  5. Getting the nomination is like gravy. Winning would be like whatever is better than gravy.
  6. I figured I would have to tell someone to kiss my ass before it was all over, and I have -- twice.
  7. I believe in running through the rain and crashing into the person you love and having your lips bleed on each other.
  8. Marketing is the devil.
  9. I quit flying years ago. I don't want to die with tourists.
  10. 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.

Billy Bob Thornton Short Quotes

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  • Just the other day, my assistant was on the line with Calvin Klein. Golly, I usually shop at Sears.
  • These days and times you can't do eclectic records. In the '60s you could, but not anymore.
  • I write songs on guitar and that's about how good of a guitar player I am. I can write songs on it.
  • LA has its own vibe. It has a charm that a lot of people overlook sometimes.
  • I've led a very eclectic life.
  • Usually with film writing I start with characters, and set about writing their story.
  • I'm not a TV junkie outside of sports and history really and stuff like that.
  • You have to really know what you're saying.
  • The audience, that's who I care about.
  • You can't knock a place where you realized your dreams.

Billy Bob Thornton Quotes On Kids

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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. — Billy Bob Thornton

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. — Billy Bob Thornton

A lot of kids, when they go to church, they don't really pay much attention to what they're saying or whatever. — Billy Bob Thornton

When you're a kid, somebody's mid-forties, you think they're an old man. Then you grow up and it's like, I was a kid. — Billy Bob Thornton

If you're going to take care of your kids and pay for your house and do something good for adults, you have to do something on television now. — Billy Bob Thornton

Kids won't watch older movies - they want to see what's hip right now. — Billy Bob Thornton

I can't imagine laying a finger on my kids. I go the other way and probably because my father was so abusive. — Billy Bob Thornton

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. — Billy Bob Thornton

If you looked in magazines ... you never see me in those out-on-the-town pages. I'm either at home playing with the kids or I'm working. — Billy Bob Thornton

I know that I loved music before I loved movies, simply because I didn't see movies as a kid. — Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton Quotes On People

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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. — Billy Bob Thornton

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. — Billy Bob Thornton

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. — Billy Bob Thornton

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. — Billy Bob Thornton

I think people can live a religious life and yet believe in things maybe outside the box a little bit. — Billy Bob Thornton

When you weigh 135 pounds and you're telling people who are 6'4" and 250 pounds to get out of your way, how do you do that? Well, a lot of that is in the eyes. — Billy Bob Thornton

If someone is talking to you and tells you that you ought to do something, and you can tell they mean it, those are the scary people. Those are the people you want to watch out for. — Billy Bob Thornton

I'm really influenced by Southern novelists, not many movie people. More like John Faulkner, William Faulkner, Erskine Caldwell, Flannery O'Connor, John Steinbeck, and people like that. — Billy Bob Thornton

I mean the most important thing you can have as an actor, writer, director, or whatever you are, poet or whatever it is, is life experience. Life experience doesn't mean you have to live 50 years to have it. I mean you know a lot of people have huge life experience by the time they're in college. — Billy Bob Thornton

People a lot of times say that you know it must be hard to direct yourself. That's a myth. It's easier to direct yourself. There's no middle man, you know. — Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton Famous Quotes And Sayings

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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. — Billy Bob Thornton

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. — Billy Bob Thornton

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. — Billy Bob Thornton

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. — Billy Bob Thornton

Every couple I know has side-by-side grave plots, but when we do it we're the biggest weirdos on the block. — Billy Bob Thornton

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. — Billy Bob Thornton

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. — Billy Bob Thornton

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. — Billy Bob Thornton

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. — Billy Bob Thornton

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. — Billy Bob Thornton

They always say 'Is there going to be a sequel to Bad Santa?' and you know, I mean, a long time ago they would talk about, you know, we're going to do a sequel to that but it was never serious. And they said 'Would you do it?' and I said out of all the movies I've done, that was a lot of fun, and maybe I would do a sequel if it ever came up and it made sense, but I said I don't think that's ever going to happen. — Billy Bob Thornton

Sometimes I have songs born out of stories. — Billy Bob Thornton

I'm not sure that I'm really relevant as a director anymore. Or as a writer, either, to tell you the truth. — Billy Bob Thornton

My songs aren't built around choruses or hooks or anything like that. That's kind of how I write screenplays too. — Billy Bob Thornton

The movies I've made about the South, they were my experience and it's something that I know. — Billy Bob Thornton

Usually when you're playing a character, you think a lot about their backstory. — Billy Bob Thornton

Basically there are no stars anymore. The audience is the star. — Billy Bob Thornton

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. — Billy Bob Thornton

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. — Billy Bob Thornton

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. — Billy Bob Thornton

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. — Billy Bob Thornton

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. — Billy Bob Thornton

On TV you can, you know you can cram, you know, 30 people into a closet and have an orgy, and then they can all shoot up, and everybody has cigarettes in their nostrils and their ears. They don't care. So yeah, television is amazing right now. — Billy Bob Thornton

I got in drama class in high school and I only got in there because there were girls and I thought maybe I could make a grade above a C in something. — Billy Bob Thornton

When I was growing up, when I was 11 years old I was listening to The Mothers of Invention. You know, I mean I was a Frank Zappa fan in Arkansas. — Billy Bob Thornton

To tell you the truth, I don't ever talk about characters as separate from myself. — Billy Bob Thornton

I think maybe I was instrumental in taking the stereotype out of the Southern actor is some ways. I would hope my legacy would be as a serious actor who told the truth and did parts based on the quality of part and not necessarily the money. — Billy Bob Thornton

After you've done 60-something movies, you're always looking for something different. — Billy Bob Thornton

Every character I play is me, always has been. — Billy Bob Thornton

The only times you'll see me in terms of the movie business is when I have to go to the premieres of my own movies. I don't go to see ones that aren't mine because I don't even like going to mine. — Billy Bob Thornton

I didn't cry at my father's funeral, and I felt guilty about that. Of course, he got sick not too long after he and I had had that final altercation, and I felt real guilty because of that, too. Then years later, one day, I was probably in my late twenties, early thirties, and I just broke down crying, because I finally got my father. — Billy Bob Thornton

We didn't have a movie theatre until I was about nine, so I just didn't see them. But, once I got into movies I loved them. — Billy Bob Thornton

If you want anybody to have a different voice, you really have to visualize and hear the voices of all these people. Sometimes when I write with specific actors in mind, it helps. — Billy Bob Thornton

Movies now, you can watch a trailer for a movie on TV now and you're not sure if it's a video game or a movie. You have to wait till the end of it to see, oh, I see, those actors are in it, so that one's a movie. Oftentimes, it's based on a video game. — Billy Bob Thornton

I'm not really a full-time director, I just like to direct the things that I write because I think I'm going to know it better than someone else. — Billy Bob Thornton

I think my stuff's kind of obsolete now, you know? I'm making Model Ts or something, and everybody else is making spaceships. — Billy Bob Thornton

Directing is a big responsibility to take on. I think I'm only good at doing things I know very well. I don't direct movies because I get offered the new vampire movie or science fiction movie. I don't get offered those, anyway, but if I did, I would just tell 'em, "Look, I'm the wrong guy." I only do things about people and situations, and I do the ones that I think I'm the best guy for the job on, which is usually something I generate myself. — Billy Bob Thornton

It's the hardest thing in the world to be in a business where it's all about people accepting you, and you have a desperate need to be accepted, and yet you live in a, you operate in a society that's now very unaccepting. — Billy Bob Thornton

When people are bothering you constantly when you're trying to do just a simple thing that humans do every day but they won't let you do it without bugging you about it, that was a hard thing. Because I became a movie star overnight. From a working actor and working writer to a movie star. — Billy Bob Thornton

At my dad's funeral I didn't cry when my dad died. I did it years later when I forgave him, which I've totally forgiven him and I loved my dad. — Billy Bob Thornton

I'm as highly insecure as a human can be. — Billy Bob Thornton

Robert Duvall taught me years ago. He said, "You know theatre is not real. I don't like plays." You know, he doesn't like plays. And I agree with him in certain ways, you know. They can be fun. I don't mind going to see them. I went and saw Phantom of the Opera. I thought hey, that's cool. Look at the mask and all that. — Billy Bob Thornton

I tend to like to move on. I don't sit around and dwell on things much. — Billy Bob Thornton

My mom is such a big supporter of mine. She still is, and always was. So I got the sort of encouragement from that side of the family. — Billy Bob Thornton

I've been largely an improvisational actor for most of my career. — Billy Bob Thornton

People over 40 stay home and watch television, that's why there are no movies out there. — Billy Bob Thornton

Usually when I'm writing, I kind of know what it is before I start writing and I write stream of consciousness style. — Billy Bob Thornton

I'll always consider myself a Southerner. A lot of people put California down, but my dreams were realized there. — Billy Bob Thornton

You read something and you just feel this makes sense. And sometimes before you even read it you have a feeling that yeah, I'm probably gonna do this one. — Billy Bob Thornton

People think you have to be tortured or miserable to write, but I'm finding that I get inspired a lot more these days before I'm happy. — Billy Bob Thornton

I generally have lyrics first, but you can't help that when you're writing lyrics you start to get a melody in your head. So they come kind of simultaneously. — Billy Bob Thornton

Songwriting and screenwriting aren't that different to me. — Billy Bob Thornton

If something really strikes a chord with an audience, if it pops on TV, I don't mind watching it for a few minutes. — Billy Bob Thornton

All I'm saying is we got plenty of Texans, and people from Montana, and New Jersey, and Wyoming, or Kansas City. We got plenty of actors. So we don't need some cat from Cardiff-upon-Rosemary-upon-Thyme, or whatever the hell it is, playing people from Montana. And in the reverse, they got plenty of people from Cardiff-upon-Rosemary-upon-Thyme that they don't need our asses coming over there trying to do British accents. — Billy Bob Thornton

Television is making, there was in independent film renaissance late '80s through the mid-90's. It was an amazing time. Television is doing that right now. So that's why everybody wants to do it. I mean if you're writing stuff like, you know, Fargo, or True Detective, or any of these things that are on, Breaking Bad, there are no rules in television. — Billy Bob Thornton

Independent films now, they want to give you $2 million to make it, 21 days to shoot it and they want 10 movie stars in it. — Billy Bob Thornton

I've danced one time in my life. It was the most mortifying experience I ever had. — Billy Bob Thornton

I've watched other directors as an actor and I picked up little things here and there about cameras, [but] I wouldn't consider myself the guy you'd want to hire to do Star Trek. — Billy Bob Thornton

So we are headed for a time when there won't be anything but movies that are essentially made like video games, and actors will become obsolete, and then the big stars will be people who live in Brentwood or wherever it is, and they have a show called, I don't know, "Pool Parties of Brentwood" or something like that. — Billy Bob Thornton

The ones that work out really and ones that become something to the audience, those are the most important people. — Billy Bob Thornton

People's attention spans are a little shorter these days. Same thing with food and movies. — Billy Bob Thornton

I love acting with all my heart and I love music with all my heart. — Billy Bob Thornton

The great movies that I want to do now are being made for $2.5-million budgets. — Billy Bob Thornton

I attribute all my success to ignorance. If you don't ever think about not getting where you want to be, I think it helps you out. — Billy Bob Thornton

When I was a teenager, I read the bible cover-to-cover, and I found the Old Testament, it's a pretty bloody history book. — Billy Bob Thornton

The independent film business is pretty much gone. Now you can do it in a format where you actually get to develop a character over a period of time. — Billy Bob Thornton

Reality shows are usually created by people doing and saying stupid things. — Billy Bob Thornton

If you're 25 years old dressed up like Superman at a comic book convention, that's great. If you're 78 and you're doing it, something's wrong. — Billy Bob Thornton

Tower Records is like a temple to me. I'll stay there for hours. Nobody can shop for records with me. It drives them out of their minds. — Billy Bob Thornton

You never know what an audience is going to think about something. The ones that the audience doesn't get, I tend to let them go. I don't like to dwell on them too much. — Billy Bob Thornton

Sometimes we don't want the bad guy to get caught because otherwise the story is over. You want to at least see it through to the end. — Billy Bob Thornton

I always wanted to play a lawyer. — Billy Bob Thornton

Everything is very convenient now and it would be real nice if somehow people started going back to the movie theater. And it's people of my generation. It's their fault in a lot of ways, people over 40. It's their fault that the only movies are about robots and beautiful vampires. It's wild, all vampires are beautiful. — Billy Bob Thornton

I actually am a phobic twitchy sort of nervous guy. — Billy Bob Thornton

I think everybody's contemplating TV now, because mid-level and high-budget independent films are not being made now. — Billy Bob Thornton

You can write when you're dyslexic, you just can't read it. But I started writing short stories as a child and I found the short story format a real nice one. I love short stories and I love short documentaries or short films of any kind. — Billy Bob Thornton

Life Lessons by Billy Bob Thornton

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  1. Billy Bob Thornton has taught us to never give up on our dreams, no matter how many times we fail. He started out as a struggling musician and actor, and eventually achieved success in both fields.
  2. He also shows us the importance of staying true to ourselves and our values, and not compromising our beliefs for fame or money.
  3. Finally, he has demonstrated the power of resilience, as he has overcome personal and professional obstacles to become one of the most successful actors of his generation.

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