BILLY BOB THORNTON stars as Stanton's political advisor
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
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
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
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