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Billy Bob Thornton: I have OCD

Billy Bob Thornton says music helps him to get into character.

The actor, who is currently promoting his latest project - a TV adaptation of 1996 Oscar-nominated movie Fargo - revealed he is obsessive over music and uses songs to help him get into character for his roles.

In the ten-part series, Thornton portrays manipulative criminal Lorne Malvo, who meets a naive insurance salesman and brings out his dark side.

“Every day in my dressing room I listened to Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys,” the star told the New York Daily News. “I’m always thinking about music. I also have pretty serious OCD, so that contributes. I wrote Sling Blade, every word of it, while I was listening to a loop of Holiday in Berlin by the Mothers of Invention.”

Thornton sees himself taking on more TV projects in the future. The 58-year-old prefers to play interesting and multifaceted characters on the small screen, over one-dimensional leading men in a cinema blockbuster.

“Television today is doing those midlevel, character-based stories the movies used to do,” he said. “I’m not blaming Hollywood. They’re just responding to who goes to the movies, which is 19-year-olds. But for the kind of thing I like to do, the place to look now is television.”

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