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BILLY BOB THORNTON stars as Stanton's political advisor Richard Jemmons.

Academy Award-winning writer, actor and director, Thornton has an extensive and impressive career in motion pictures, television and theatre. Charismatic and uniquely talented, Thornton has established himself as one of the most sought-after filmmakers of his generation.

The 1996 release of the critically acclaimed and phenomenally popular feature film Sling Blade, which he starred in and directed from a script he wrote, firmly secured Thornton's status as a preeminent filmmaker. For his efforts, he was honored with both an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. The film was produced by The Shooting Gallery, was released by Miramax and in addition to Thornton, starred Robert Duvall, J.T. Walsh, Dwight Yokam and John Ritter.

Prior to Sling Blade, Thornton had an already extensive motion picture credit list. He wrote and starred in the thrilling character drama, One False Move, which brought him immediate critical praise. Thornton's powerful script (co-written with Tom Epperson), was enhanced by his intense performance as a hunted criminal. The film, directed by Carl Franklin, was an unheralded sleeper success.

In addition, he has been featured in such films as The Winner for director Alex Cox, Paramount Pictures' Indecent Proposal, directed by Adrian Lyne, Deadman for director Jim Jarmusch for Miramax and Tombstone, directed by George Cosmatos for Buena Vista Pictures.

Thornton has also appeared in the Warner Bros. Picture On Deadly Ground, directed by Steven Seagal, Bound By Honor for director Taylor Hackford, For The Boys, directed by Mark Rydell for 20th Century Fox and The Stars Fell on Henrietta, directed by James Keach for Warner Bros.

As a writer, Thornton has worked on numerous projects for United Artists, Miramax, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Touchstone, Island Pictures, David Geffen Productions and HBO. He also scripted A Family Thing, a highly regarded feature film that starred Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones for United Artists.

Thornton has also appeared on television, including a role as a regular on the CBS comedy series Hearts Afire and the Fox series The Outsiders. Thornton's stage work has included performances in such productions as Lone Star and A Streetcar Named Desire.

Thornton was most recently seen opposite Sean Penn in U-Turn, directed by Oliver Stone for Columbia TriStar Pictures and in Homegrown, directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal for Lakeshore Entertainment.

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