Billy Bob Thornton Wants a 'Bad Santa' Sequel
By Moviefone Editors Posted Nov 27th 2010 11:05AM
Billy Bob Thornton -- who played the reckless, filthy mall Santa in the 2003 movie (produced by the Coen brothers, and co-starring Lauren Graham and Bernie Mac) -- is teasing fans with the promise of more Willie Stokes.
Thornton's been on a bit of a Hollywood hiatus while touring as a musician, but according to a recent interview he gave to Collider, he considers his character study of an alcoholic Christmas curmudgeon right up there with other beloved, iconic holiday films.
"'Bad Santa' [has] become like a classic Christmas movie...'It's a Wonderful Life' and 'Miracle on 34th Street' and 'Bad Santa' now is sort of the box set. And there's been talk of making a sequel to it, which I actually would like to do. I've never done a sequel to one of my movies, but that one makes sense to me to do."
Thornton's past projects (and his idiosyncratic behavior, including public outbursts) make him a pretty unique guy in a sea of Hollywood clones, so it's always interesting to know what he's up to next. He's currently collaborating on a new screenplay for a film with an intriguing title: 'Jayne Mansfield's Car,' which he hopes will be his next feature.
But if a 'Bad Santa' sequel gets made in holiday seasons to come, will moviegoers line up to see Thornton's surly, soused Santa again? Or is this a Christmas caricature that's filling enough after the first serving?
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