In 1949 Matt Damon, as a young Texan thwarted of his inheritance, takes off on horseback with a friend to try his luck south of the border. En route they meet a teenage horse thief who teams up with them, but then departs hastily after trying to put one over a nasty bunch of Mexicans.Thomas and Damon then find wrangling jobs on the ranch of a tycoon. Inevitably Damon falls for the pouting, glamorous senorita who is their employer’s daughter. The idyll ends when the young men are taken away and banged up in a foul penitentiary as a consequence of their earlier involvement with Black, who turns out to have become a murderer, and is unofficially executed. —BBC.co.uk
One of Hollywood’s few celebrators of the “Southern bad boy” image, country musician turned actor-screenwriter-director Billy Bob Thornton consistently engenders a reputation — via chosen onscreen parts and fervent tabloid reports of his allegedly wild off-camera life — as an iconoclastic American hellraiser with lightning in his veins. But appearances can deceive, for Thornton also reveals depth and complexity as one Hollywood’s most articulate interviewees, graced with intelligent, sensitive observations, cultural allusions, and poignant reflections on his experiences as a thespian and film artist. Moreover, this acute insight evidences itself equally in Thornton’s craftsmanship as a screenwriter and director. Though his behind-the-camera projects have become increasingly rare over time, his few directorial outings evince surprising control, refinement, insight, and taste.
Born in Hot Springs, AR, on August 4, 1955, Thornton grew up dirt poor in the nearby backwoods community… read more