Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 19 April 2015

Billy Bob Thornton's racing past

Billy Bob Thornton likes to drive his hot rod
Billy Bob Thornton likes to drive his hot rod

Billy Bob Thornton has revealed he used to race cars - and still likes to drive his hot rod around at the weekends.

"I used to race cars in an amateur fashion years ago," the actor said.

"I'm a muscle car guy, I actually own one myself, I'm very into driving," he revealed.

The Oscar-winner plays an off-the-rails cop in his new action film Faster. His character is trying to catch a newly-released prisoner (played by Dwayne Johnson) who's out to avenge his brother's murder.

"I always like playing the ambiguous character, its always more fun to play," he said.

"He's kind of a multi-layered guy but he kind of went down the wrong road, I think that's something most people can relate to, trying to get your life back on track."

Billy Bob admitted he was slightly envious of the cool American sports car that The Rock got to race about in.

"The character I played was driving the old Government Issue cop car, so it wasn't as fun!" he laughed.

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