November 26th, 2010
01:30 PM ET
"Sling Blade" star Billy Bob Thornton has turned mudslinger and is lashing out at Hollywood for churning out horrible movies.
“In our current state of affairs, especially in the entertainment business, we’re living in a time when we’re making - in my humble opinion - the worst movies in history," says the Oscar winner, according to London's Telegraph.
Thornton, 55, blames the popularity of video games for the abundance of films featuring violent characters, including vampires.
"These video games - which I’m on my son about constantly - these games are people killing for fun," he explains, "and I think traditionally in movies, there’s always been some kind of lesson in the violent movies.”
Thornton hopes to educate and entertain with his latest film, "Faster," in which he plays a cop trailing an ex-convict (Dwayne Johnson) who is seeking revenge against the people who framed him.
"This movie actually shows what prisons create, what murder creates," Thornton says. More importantly, the film features characters who seem real.
“A lot of times you’ll have the movie star hero and then some bad guys who are just there to be killed by the hero, and they’re nameless, faceless people," he says. "And as a result, you’re usually not afraid of them because you don’t see them ask somebody to pass the salt, you don’t see them with their kids.”
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