It turns out that a guy who made his living acting like an a-hole, may just be one of the most endearing men in Hollywood. We know that Billy Bob Thornton may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but bite your tongue for a minute while you hear us out. We dug a little deeper into the enigma that is Billy Bob, and we think we may have found his enlightened side. You may be surprised to hear what he has to say:
He just wants everyone to get along:
“We’re living in a time that’s just become judgmental and everybody wants to see failure. They want to see people knocked off the hill. You can’t have a television show without a competition because they want to see who cries this week and who goes downhill, who gets kicked out… We don’t need one show about cupcakes, as far as I’m concerned, but you know what, if you want one — okay, that’s fine. Let’s have a show about cupcakes. But does it have to be a f–king competition? Do you have to have cupcake wars? You know? And I’m sure people who have been in war kind of take offense to that because seriously, it’s not that g–damn dangerous to make a cupcake. I guess I’m just really ready for people to kind of settle down and know each other again and root for each other as opposed to look for the faults in each other.”
YES. Thank you Billy Bob! Dessert is meant to be shared, not fought over. Can we please have a reality show that doesn’t just feed off of contestant’s failings and insecurities? We would watch that.
He doesn’t need to dress to impress:
“I’ll go to Old Navy and get girls’ jeans because I’m kind of bony and they fit me better. So I buy a lot of clothes that cost $29.95.”
Billy Bob is a millionaire. He could easily have all of his clothing custom made for him to accommodate his “bony” frame, but he opts for the women’s section at the mall instead. We love that he doesn’t feel the need to conform to Hollywood’s standards. And by the way, he’s thrifty, but not cheap. He donates a lot of his money to various charities, his favorite being St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital.
He loves, love:
“If you love somebody let them know every day.”
It makes perfect sense, but how many of you actually do this? We can guarantee Billy Bob does.
He understands loss:
(You may want to grab a Kleenex for this one.)
Perhaps those previous quotes did nothing for you, this clip of Billy Bob from Oprah’s Master Class will probably change your view of him. Even if you still choose to not like him, you will almost definitely respect him.
For always being honest and telling it like it is, we salute you Mr. Thornton.