Playboy Interview: Billy Bob Thornton on Anxiety, Acceptance and the Return of 'Bad Santa'
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Playboy Interview: Billy Bob Thornton on Anxiety, Acceptance and the Return of ‘Bad Santa’

The tattoos alone tell a wild story. All those cherubs and arrowed hearts adorning Billy Bob Thornton’s razor-sharp frame are like an illuminated manuscript on love, loss and squirrelly good times. nothin’ doin’, scripted on his left biceps, is the name of a party band he played with in the 1970s. The magic mushroom on his right calf celebrates his beloved Allman Brothers and Lord knows what else. Thornton’s kids (he has four by three women) leave their marks too, as does Connie Angland, his current wife—Mrs. Billy Bob number six. The most striking is a vibrant angel in the crook of his left arm, shedding bloodred leaves. It now reads peace, though it once spelled angelina. “That was probably the most painful one to ink,” Thornton says. Here’s a little show-business secret: Some of our finest character actors are absolute bores off-screen. We’re talking celebrated Oscar winners you wouldn’t want to share a cab with. There’s no such disappointment with Thornton. He’s tackled…

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