EDGE OF TOMORROW
BILL PAXTON (Master Sergeant Farell) continues to make
quality films both in front of and behind the camera. He can currently be seen
in "Million Dollar Arm," opposite Jon Hamm, in the story of a sports agent who
stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented cricket players to
play Major League Baseball.
Paxton will soon begin directing the big screen adaptation of Joe Lansdale's
"The Bottoms." The Edgar Award-winning, racially themed novel is set in East
Texas and follows an adolescent boy, his little sister and their father, who
stumble across the body of an African American woman who has been savagely
mutilated and left to die in the bottom of the Sabine River. The adaptation is
written by Brent Hanley, who penned Paxton's 2001 directing effort, "Frailty."
Shooting is planned for later this year.
Production recently wrapped on "Term Life," in which he stars opposite Vince
Vaughn. Peter Billingsley directed the adaptation of the Image Comics character
Nick Barrow. Paxton also recently finished production on "Nightcrawler," a
thriller, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo; the film marks Dan Gilroy's
directing debut, from his own script about a driven young man who discovers the
nocturnal world of freelance crime journalism in Los Angeles.
Paxton was most recently seen in Baltarsar Kormakur's "Two Guns," alongside
Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.
On the small screen, Paxton starred in the acclaimed History Channel
miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys," with Kevin Costner. The show set a ratings
record as the top-rated entertainment telecast ever for ad-supported basic
cable. Paxtib was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
Award for his work. Paxton was also honored with three Golden Globe Award
nominations for his work on HBO's critically acclaimed series "Big Love," in
which he starred opposite Jeanne Tripplehorn, ChloĆ« Sevigny and Ginnifer
Goodwin, and a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in HBO's "A Bright
Paxton can currently be seen in a guest-starring arc on ABC's hit "Agents of
S.H.I.E.L.D." He is also currently production in Mexico on the History Channel
miniseries "Texas Rising." The eight-hour project-which reteams him with the
producers of "Hatfields & McCoys"-explores the revolution against Mexico and the
rise of the legendary Texas Rangers. Paxton plays Sam Houston, the father of
Texas, opposite Brendan Fraser and Ray Liotta.
Paxton recently produced his first graphic novel, 7 Holes for Air. Written by
John J. McLaughlin, with art by Mick Reinman, the graphic novels follows the
life of Bob Rourke, a tough, hard-living, 50-year-old steelworker.
After gaining critical attention in the John Hughes comedy "Weird Science"
and James Cameron's sci-fi pic "Aliens," Paxton's performance as the small-town
sheriff in Carl Franklin's "One False Move" marked his emergence as a leading
man. He went on to star in a host of blockbusters, including Stephen
Soderbergh's action thriller "Haywire"; "Tombstone"; "True Lies"; "Apollo 13";
"Twister"; "Mighty Joe Young"; Cameron's "Titanic"; "A Simple Plan"; "U-571";
and "Vertical Limit."
Paxton segued his on-camera experience into becoming a feature film director
when, in 2001, he helmed the gothic thriller "Frailty," in which he also
starred, alongside Matthew McConaughey. "Frailty" was honored with the National
Board of Review 2002 special mention for excellence in filmmaking. In 2005, he
directed the sports drama "The Greatest Game Ever Played," starring Shia LaBeouf.
Additionally, Paxton served as a producer on the films "Parkland," "The Good
Life," and "Traveler," which he starred in, along with Mark Wahlberg and
Paxton began his career as a set dresser on producer Roger Corman's "Big Bad
Mama" in the mid-1970s. After working in the art department on several features,
he moved to New York to study acting with Stella Adler. Returning to Los Angeles
in 1980, he met James Cameron while moonlighting as a set dresser on the
low-budget sci-fi movie "Galaxy of Terror." Subsequently, he landed acting jobs
in the films "Mortuary" and "Night Warning," and earned a cult following for his
work in such movies as "Near Dark," "Boxing Helena," "The Dark Backwards," and
"Broken Lizard's Club Dread." His other credits include "The Colony,"
"Trespass," "Indian Summer," "The Evening Star," "Streets of Fire," "Frank &
Jesse," "Navy Seals," "Predator 2," "The Vagrant" and "Pass the Ammo."
In addition to his awards for acting and directing, Paxton holds the
distinction as the only actor to have visited the wreckage site of the Titanic
with James Cameron, for the documentary "Ghosts of the Abyss." Paxton completed
four descents to the site, two-and-one-half miles below the surface of the North
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