Billy Bob Thornton: We're making the worst movies ever
November 26th, 2010
01:30 PM ET

Billy Bob Thornton: We're making the worst movies ever

"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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  1. andova

    How can he blame video games for the chitty-chitty movies coming out? I'm generalizing here, but I blame Hollywood's thirst for producing crap movies primarily for a return in their pockets as opposed to being passionate about an idea or premise for a movie.

    Also, I still cannot believe Hollywood is remaking The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo! Especially since not much time has passed since the 3rd movie of this series. What a slap in the face to the Swedish director, amaaaazing lead actress Noomi Rapace, and everybody else involved with the making of these great movies!!!

    December 2, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Eh

    After making Sling Blade, you don't get to criticize anyone else's movies. *Anyone's*.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. EdMan

    BBT is right, with a FEW MAJOR exceptions, we are certainly making some of the worst movies in history.

    However, I am not sure "Faster" is one of those exceptions.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. MARIA

    I totally agree with him. Nothing but garbage being made. Movies are made to shock and we wonder why this generation is becoming desensitized to violence.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. digitalPaint

    This smells a bit of media whoring to promote his film. "Hollywood is making horrible violent movies...Except MY latest violent movie...go see it!! It will educate you!" Sure hollywood is making a lot of bad movies... because they make a LOT of movies these days. Thats not a bad thing IMO. Plenty are enjoyable and some are fantastic. If you watched all the films of the past 100 years you are gonna find plenty of stinkers throughout. And obviously as the "films per year" counter goes up the "stinker per year" goes up to. His new "Faster" isn't exactly making the A list. It's trending as mediocre at best. So don't jump on his bandwagon because bad movies are being made. It's easy to say "He's right there ARE bad movies being made!" There always have been bad movies and there always will be bad movies. Calling todays the worst in history is a bit of a stretch. (But if it's true it's strictly Uwe Boll's fault, not hollywood)

    November 29, 2010 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. Gomez

    He's right about the lousy films coming out these days, but between the soul patch and that rug he's wearing, I'm having a hard time not laughing at him.

    November 29, 2010 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. Floyd

    Billy Bob's right. When the best movies around are the Saturday Night Creature Features on the SyFy Channel (deliberately hilarious!), then movies have really gone downhill.

    November 28, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TJ

    I guess he forgot that he was in the movie "One False Move". Although a very good movie, it was extremely gruesome with him portraying a violent murderer.

    November 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mel

    Whats with the spinach on his chin?

    November 28, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. peacemonger

    since when is Billy Bob "humble" about anything? dude is an egomaniac who makes bad movies and bad music....he used to be someone I admired as an actor in roles like The Man Who Wasn't There, Bad Santa and Monsters Ball...will someone give him a good script? btw, the soul-patch needs tending...looks like a centipede

    November 28, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. Vromo Calarno

    Wait a second...he's right......After all he was in Armageddon..........

    November 28, 2010 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  12. T.J.


    November 28, 2010 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. Nick Drake

    He's talking out of his ass. Is he trying to say he's NOT responsible for some of these movies? Or is he just jealous that nobody goes to see his movies? It's hard to know where to start because I'm overwhelmed by both his hypocrisy and by his physical appearance. I'll just start at the beginning. He's a hypocrite. AND, he looks like some kind of alien life form, what with his brown hair plugs, botoxed face (just, wow.) and turkey neck. Billy Bob, pick a side and a look and stick with them, please. You're confusing us all.

    November 27, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • peacemonger

      he specializes in talking out of his ass...have you seen his CBC interview from a couple of years back? do a youtube...peace

      November 28, 2010 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. Cheryl

    I would like to see guns and knife killing in movies come to an END. But way! I have been watching vampires in movies for 30 years and including werewolves and frankenstein and I don't want to see those movies come to an end.

    November 27, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. reaves7263

    Who is he preaching to? He had no relationship with one of his own daughters, and never paid child support on her.

    November 27, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marky

      reaves, as far as I can tell, he is talking about the content of movies today; he is not talking about relationships with his children and how important they are. Please remember he walked straight out the door as soon as Maddox was adopted and AJ became a normal person(even though he had a baby later with partner #5). He's not going to win a medal for Father of the Year, but he's right about the movies. Otherwise, I think he's an idiot.

      November 27, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Joshua Ludd

    aaaand... he is absolutely right. Even bad movies from any time period other than the present were far better than most movies considered to be just okay these days.

    November 27, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  17. sunless

    go to this http://www.SUPERSONIC.US.COM

    November 27, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Dino

    We are making the worst hair pieces as well.

    November 27, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick Drake

      I agree with you 100%. Except I think they're Grecian Formula'd hair plugs. 🙂

      November 27, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Jeremy

    He's right that the worst movies in history are being constantly churned out. He's wrong to blame them on video games. It's all because Hollywood is looking for the cheapest way to make movies without actually writing an original story. They ruin the fanchises. I am so SICK of remakes. It's the same with the music industry, too. But this is just nuts. Movie ticket prices are really high ($15 a pop here) and go up every year and yet they take a franchise that was already established and cheapen it to churn that profit. It's not video games. It's because they don't want originality anymore. All they care about is profit. They don't care about the fame... just the money.

    November 27, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  20. alumette

    He is partially right. We have the concept that bigger is better..more action..more violence..more twisted scripts. We could go back to more intellectual films that make us think instead of scream in fear. I do not care for American films. They are over the top in special effects and behavior. Sending wrong messages to youth.

    November 27, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Ab

    He has to be talking about anything he's in, because he sucks. And, really??? He's going to point to a movie starring a can't-act former wrestler and Him (a can't-act actor) using a formula that is trite, overdone, predictable and every other word you can think to say re-hash as a difference maker. Someone pay this guy to shut up. Please!!!!

    November 27, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marky

      Ah, another immature pseudo-intellectual, who may not even have seen any of BBT's really good work. I may not like his personal life, but BBT is a good actor and he has made some good movies in the past. Billy Bob is right, however, about what is being made today, with some exceptions. Apparently if Nintendo isn't in the name of the movie, didn't produce the movie, or didn't do the animation for the movie, Ab fails to be able to grasp the significance of the story or just enjoy the movie. What makes it great, Ab, body count? Can't even see a movie made for little kids anymore in which someone doesn't have to die. BBT is a good actor; I don't watch Dwayne Johnson in anything, so that assumption may be true. Frankly, it's hard to come up with an idea for a movie that has absolutely, completely, no-way, never been done before! Alumette is right, could we be challenged to think, to learn, to grow (without having extreme politics rammed down our throats)? Is it okay to laugh without worrying about someone thinking we are a jerk who's making fun of someone? Something besides watching the bodies pile up?

      November 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Jordan

    I thought he was a musician, and not an actor anymore? Or did his phycidelic hillbilly band ditch him already?

    November 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  23. splasher6

    and what about the constant liberal message rammed down our throat by every other film?

    November 27, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • mrbluto

      "and what about the constant liberal message rammed down our throat by every other film?"

      Hey idiot, are guns and killing a liberal message?

      November 27, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Marsha

    Say what you will about the guy, but he's right. I used to go to the movies every month, not any more. The crap they roll out is awful, predictible and boring. All the romantic comedies aren't romantic or funny. But they rake in millions of dollar every week. Hollywood doesn't try harder because they don't have to.

    November 27, 2010 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  25. Bob B

    Are they the worst because he is in them?

    November 27, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      Yeah. I saw "Faster" and it's one of those bad movies he's talking about for sure.

      November 28, 2010 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  26. Me Me Me

    I remember his Oscar winning movie, "Bad Santa".lol

    November 27, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  27. shawn

    in this picture his lips look like his ex's-Angelina Jolie

    November 26, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  28. humpty

    Hopefully he is looking at everything he's done in the past 5 years when talking trash. Billy Bob is about to be in a movie staring 'the rock' and is pooping on modern day movies. sweet lord take a look in the mirror buddy. dont blame the industry because you cant seem to find a role that's not seeping in human waste. There are countless of good movies coming out in the next year. you just arent a part of any of them.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Truth

    He is not kidding. I think that anyone seeing or making a film starring any SNL alumnus ought to be publicly flogged.

    November 26, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  30. cheefsfury


    November 26, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick Drake

      Because the glare from his Botoxed forehead was blinding them. They couldn't see it.

      November 27, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • billy bob mcroberts

      coming from a guy who has made ONE good /excellant/creative movie.... the rest of his fit his descriptions!
      Uh Huh, french fred taters and mustard uh huh...

      November 28, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |

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