Billy Bob Thornton: Movies are crap because games are bad

Bad Santa actor and one-time pretend rock star Billy Bob Thornton has recently attacked Hollywood over what he believes is a significant downturn in quality. Claiming that recent years have seen the “worst movies in history”, Thornton would almost have a point … except for the bit where he blamed videogames. 

“In our current state of affairs, especially in the entertainment business, we’re living in a time when we’re making — in my humble opinion — the worst movies in history.

“They’re geared toward the video game-playing generation. And these videogames, which I’m on my son about constantly, these games are people killing for fun, and I think traditionally in movies, there’s always been some kind of lesson in the violent movies.”

Thornton’s latest movie is Faster, a film in which The Rock kills a huge amount of people. He says it’s different though, because Faster has a story and something to say, while videogames apparently do not. 

I’m a fan of Thornton’s work and I think he’s right when he says Hollywood’s lost the plot. However, he should perhaps stick to criticizing the industry he knows, rather than insulting another and making himself look incredibly ignorant and out-of-touch at the same time. 

Also, he should voice act more videogames in which a scorpion stabs him in the nuts. 

Hollywood is making ‘worst movies ever’ says Billy Bob Thornton [The Telegraph]

Jim Sterling