Billy Bob Thornton Q&A: ‘Goliath’
When asked during our recent interview (watch the exclusive video above) about his Golden Globe win for “Goliath,” Billy Bob Thornton admits, “Anytime you win an award for a movie or a show, it gives it more visibility. It’s a very good thing.” Thornton took home the gold in January for playing Billy McBride, a disgraced lawyer who gets a chance at redemption when he takes on a wrongful death suit. The Amazon original was created by David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro, and the ensemble cast features William Hurt, Maria Bello, Olivia Thirlby, Nina Arianda, Molly Parker, Tania Raymonde, and Sarah Wynter.
The veteran star didn’t have much trouble relating to the loquacious and theatrical character. “Lawyers, by nature, are kind of actors,” he divulges. “So to play a lawyer as an actor, it’s a pretty great thing. It’s something we all want to do, because lawyers are there to convince a jury, and to investigate things, and learn about something, and then present your case, which is kind of what actors and lawyers both do.” As well, “this is a guy who’s had his ups and downs: so do actors. You go through a period where you’re really on top, and you hit the skids for a while, and you come back and that kind of thing. So it was kind of a natural part to play, really.”
Thornton won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for his film “Sling Blade” (1996), which also brought him a Best Actor nomination. He later contended as Best Supporting Actor for “A Simple Plan” (1998). He previously won the Golden Globe as Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actor for the first season of “Fargo,” for which he also competed at the Emmys. He’s best known for his film work, including “One False Move,” “The Apostle,” “Primary Colors,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” “Monster’s Ball,” “Bad Santa,” “Friday Night Lights,” and “The Ice Harvest.”