Tommy Lee Jones

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Quotes (12)

  • Tommy: You can't instruct an audience to laugh, but what you can do is read well and understand the spirit and subtleties, if there are any, in the dialogue.

  • Tommy: (on working on "Space Cowboys") With those three guys: Sutherland, Jim Garner and Clint, I thought I'd heard every old actor joke there was, but they took me to school and kept me laughing every day. I had a hell of a lot of fun with them.

  • Tommy: My only motivation for directing a movie is complete control. Not everybody's willing to give that away to a director. Not everybody's willing to let a director direct. In many situations it seems that a director is expected to take direction.

  • Tommy: You just look for good parts and good stories and a good company to work with. Characters with no integrity are just as interesting as characters with lots of integrity.

  • Tommy: (on how he learned how to direct) I've worked with more than 50 directors and I've paid attention since day one. That's pretty much been my education, apart from studying art history and shooting with my own cameras. I've seen 50 different sets of mistakes and 50 different ways of achieving. You just leave the bad part out.

  • Tommy: (on choosing between making money on a film or winning an award) It's a trophy, but it's a very fine one in the world of actors; it's a wonderful honour which makes you feel that the world approves of you and all actors seek approval more desperately than the real people do.

  • Tommy: I have worked on very good movies that have been buried, and I've worked on some resounding mediocrities that have been paraded through the marketplace like they were masterpieces.

  • Tommy: (on doing "The Good Old Boys") Those were the happiest days of my creative life at that point. It's a very happy occasion for me to be producer/writer/director/actor, very happy. My motivation, of course, is lust for creative control. I want everybody's job! I don't have time for craft service, but I would do it if I had time.

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Trivia (28)

  • Tommy has been nominated for 3 SAG Awards. In 1996, he was nominated for "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries" for The Good Old Boys. In 2008, he was nominated for "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role" and "Outstanding Performance by A Cast in a Motion Picture" for No Country for Old Men.

  • In 2005, Tommy won Best Actor in the Cannes Film Festival for his performance in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.

  • Tommy received a salary of $7M for Men in Black, &10M for U.S. Marshals, and $20M for Men in Black II.

  • Tommy is an avid San Antonio Spurs fan.

  • Tommy is the only Texan actor who has played fellow Texan Howard Hughes.

  • Tommy's acting trademark is his deadpan delivery.

  • Tommy had to train for more than three months on a Malaysian type of knife-fighting for his scene with Benicio Del Toro in the film The Hunted.

  • Tommy owns properties in San Antonio, Texas, Florida, Argentina, and a 3000-acre cattle ranch 165 miles from San Antonio.

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