Welcome to America’s Heartland, home of hurricanes, tornadoes, heat waves… and Claude and Ruby Montgomery. Never has a couple in these parts been as madly in love, nor as often at odds. When news reaches them that Claude’s Uncle Hazel has been arrested for attempted murder, they head to the family homestead in Little Rock to lend their support. As the extended family reunites, it quickly becomes clear that, with this bunch, anything goes and everyone speaks their mind. It’s a tasty mix of ambrosia salad, armed robbery, sex talk, head on collisions and a Macarena monkey… –Inbaseline
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