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35 Inspirational Billy Bob Thornton Quotes On Success

Last Updated Nov 2023

35 Inspirational Billy Bob Thornton Quotes On Success

Billy Bob Thornton is an American actor, filmmaker, and musician. He had his first break when he co-wrote and starred in the 1992 thriller One False Move, and received international attention after writing, directing, and starring in the independent drama film Sling Blade (1996), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. He appeared in several major film roles in the 1990s following Sling Blade, including Oliver Stone’s neo-noir U Turn (1997), political drama Primary Colors (1998), science fiction disaster film Armageddon (1998), the highest-grossing film of that year, and the crime drama A Simple Plan (1998), which earned him his third Oscar nomination. In the 2000s, Thornton achieved further success in starring dramas Monster’s Ball (2001), The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001), and Friday Night Lights (2004); comedies Bandits (2001), Intolerable Cruelty (2003), and Bad Santa (2003); and action films Eagle Eye (2008) and Faster (2010). In 2014, Thornton starred as Lorne Malvo in the first season of the anthology series Fargo, earning a nomination for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie at the Emmy Awards and won Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Film at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards. In 2016, he starred in an Amazon original series, Goliath, which earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama May these Billy Bob Thornton Quotes On Success inspire you to take action so that you may live your dreams.

1. “It’s the hardest thing in the world to be in a business where it’s all about people accepting you, and you have a desperate need to be accepted, and yet you live in a, you operate in a society that’s now very unaccepting.” Billy Bob Thornton

2. “My mom is such a big supporter of mine. She still is, and always was. So I got the sort of encouragement from that side of the family.” Billy Bob Thornton

3. “One of the most important things for an actor is to know who you are.” Billy Bob Thornton

4. “People a lot of times say that you know it must be hard to direct yourself. That’s a myth. It’s easier to direct yourself. There’s no middle man, you know.” Billy Bob Thornton

5. “I tend to like to move on. I don’t sit around and dwell on things much.” Billy Bob Thornton

6. “All the actors I’ve worked with as a director over the years I really love and I thought they were all right for the part.” Billy Bob Thornton

7. “The independent film business is pretty much gone. Now you can do it in a format where you actually get to develop a character over a period of time.” Billy Bob Thornton

8. “I never expected to be a movie star. It’s not that I didn’t want to be, I didn’t think about it. I wanted to be an actor.” Billy Bob Thornton

9. “I always have an idea before we even start the movie because if you hire the wrong person, within a couple of days you’re going to know that and you’re going to be really panicked.” Billy Bob Thornton

10. “Somewhere along the line we stopped believing we could do anything. And if we don’t have our dreams, we have nothing.” Billy Bob Thornton

11. “You can’t knock a place where you realized your dreams.” Billy Bob Thornton

12. “Anytime you get a chance to play some extreme character, in any direction, it’s always a great blessing.” Billy Bob Thornton

13. “Acting is playing – it’s actually going out on a playground with the other kids and being in the game, and I need that. Writing satisfies that part of myself that longs to sit in my room and dream.” Billy Bob Thornton

14. “When people wear shoes that don’t fit them, it says something about their soul. Generally, I think it means they are good people.” Billy Bob Thornton

15. “I think maybe I was instrumental in taking the stereotype out of the Southern actor is some ways. I would hope my legacy would be as a serious actor who told the truth and did parts based on the quality of part and not necessarily the money.” Billy Bob Thornton

16. “I’m more influenced by novelists than I am by filmmakers.” Billy Bob Thornton

17. “If you love somebody let them know every day.” Billy Bob Thornton

18. “If you want anybody to have a different voice, you really have to visualize and hear the voices of all these people. Sometimes when I write with specific actors in mind, it helps.” Billy Bob Thornton

19. “I’ve been largely an improvisational actor for most of my career.” Billy Bob Thornton

20. “I attribute all my success to ignorance. If you don’t ever think about not getting where you want to be, I think it helps you out.” Billy Bob Thornton

21. “Getting the nomination is like gravy. Winning would be like whatever is better than gravy.” Billy Bob Thornton

22. “I’m kind of sad and happy all the time. Just kind of like feeling, you know, full of life and confident, and at the same time terrified. I’m all of those things at once.” Billy Bob Thornton

23. “I’ll always consider myself a Southerner. A lot of people put California down, but my dreams were realized there.” Billy Bob Thornton

24. “You know, some people can’t get past their past, I guess. I certainly haven’t.” Billy Bob Thornton

25. “People think you have to be tortured or miserable to write, but I’m finding that I get inspired a lot more these days before I’m happy.” Billy Bob Thornton

26. “You can get famous for doing something stupid and empty, but you do something stupid and empty and you’re already famous, you lose your career.” Billy Bob Thornton

27. “I don’t have a fear of flying; I have a fear of crashing.” Billy Bob Thornton

28. “People want the truth but they only want the truth so they can talk bad about you on the blog or on television. They want you to tell them the truth and it screws everybody.” Billy Bob Thornton

29. “You read something and you just feel this makes sense. And sometimes before you even read it you have a feeling that yeah, I’m probably gonna do this one.” Billy Bob Thornton

30. “If someone is talking to you and tells you that you ought to do something, and you can tell they mean it, those are the scary people. Those are the people you want to watch out for.” Billy Bob Thornton

31. “Sometimes I’m playing somebody that I may have a problem with. Your job as an actor is not to go only play things that make you look good.” Billy Bob Thornton

32. “My process started when I was born. The process is life experience. I believe that what makes you an artist, or at least an artist who can communicate the ideas that they want to get across, are people that have life experience.” Billy Bob Thornton

33. “Comedy is harder than drama because with comedy you’re expecting a result. You make them laugh. If they aren’t laughing then you’re screwed.” Billy Bob Thornton

34. “One of the greatest things about getting older as an actor is that you settle into who you are and you don’t begrudge everyone else what they have.” Billy Bob Thornton

35. “Being perfect is not about that scoreboard out there. It’s not about winning. It’s about you and your relationship with yourself, your family and your friends. Being perfect is about being able to look your friends in the eye and know that you didn’t let them down because you told them the truth. And that truth is you did everything you could. There wasn’t one more thing you could’ve done. Can you live in that moment as best you can, with clear eyes, and love in your heart, with joy in your heart? If you can do that gentleman – you’re perfect!” Billy Bob Thornton

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