The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts

By Billy Bob Thornton

There is—and may perhaps simply 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 strange phobias (komoda dragons?), his lifestyles, his loves (including his marriage to fellow Oscar winner Angelina Jolie), and, after all, his motion picture occupation. better of all, he’s feeding those actually really good tales and righteous philosophical rants via his shut pal, Kinky Friedman—legendary kingdom tune superstar, bestselling writer, would-be baby-kisser, and all-around bon vivant. positioned those iconoclasts jointly and also you get a star’s tale that’s really an insightful popular culture manifesto—a hybrid offspring of Born status Up with Sh*t My Dad Says.

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The characters. every one thoroughly unique and but it’s as though you knew them in detail. You watch because the filmmaker allows you to comprehend a spot in time and those that he is aware so good. you're researching him. His brain. His humanity. over the years I’ve recognized Billy I’ve discovered that not just was once he as fascinating, as actually unique, as have been advised to me, yet that he was once additionally a lot more. I smile as I write this, as my intuition is to assert, easily, he's not a “normal individual. ” yet he isn’t. i've got recognized him now for greater than a decade and that i nonetheless haven’t really figured him out. now not that i would like to. The puzzle is lots enjoyable. yet i do know this— He has an unmatchable wit and will make you chortle till your face hurts. He has insomnia; he makes use of it to paintings obsessively on song until eventually the solar comes up. My favourite recordings are while he tells a narrative. i love his uncooked voice with simply tricks of sounds that illustrate the sensation in the back of the tale. He is aware what I suggest. “The sound of the rain hitting the tin roof …” He had a conversing poultry he expert by way of forcing it to hear hours of Captain Beefheart. She cherished to swear. He’s a piece agoraphobic, and it’s rather a miracle that he will get out of the home to make motion pictures. If he might shoot them in his basement he could. I threw a shock occasion as soon as, ignoring the actual fact he hates crowds and being social. once they stated “Surprise,” it used to be as though he have been stabbed within the intestine. He went light and needed to cover within the kitchen. He did finally pop out. Billy’s mom is psychic, and he concerns he, too, has the reward. He can’t inform the variation among a dream, a inspiration, and a perilous premonition. It’s why he has to right it in his brain. He has to place issues again into alignment. To be with him is like being with a mad mathematician. he's continually counting and repeating. To him, i'm the quantity 4. might sound unusual, however it ability much to me. we regularly shaggy dog story approximately how a lot I enjoyed Ed Crane, the nature from the fellow Who Wasn’t There. He was once attractive in that. yet I additionally knew issues that others didn’t realize. I take note there has been a court docket scene, and whilst the pass judgement on might bang the gavel, Billy may squirm. the item is, it wasn’t as a result of scene, it was once Billy attempting to determine his OCD and the pass judgement on stored hitting the gavel a distinct variety of instances. occasionally an outstanding quantity. occasionally now not. And Billy was once squirming attempting to will him to hit it back. He hates Komodo dragons, or even analyzing this he'll shiver on the identify. there has been one incident … tough to give an explanation for. Can’t quite. He watches outdated sixties television indicates to recollect greater, easier instances whilst he feels down. If he’s now not looking at that, he’s following baseball. one in all my favourite issues is to monitor Billy play a whole video game of baseball with himself at the tennis court docket. merely himself. tough to do. He throws the ball, calls out the motion second to second. He catches the ball. Scolds or congratulates his teammates. It’s attention-grabbing. a few who don’t understand him good could name it loopy in the event that they watched it for hours on finish.

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