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Robert Duvall joins Billy Bob Thornton’s next directorial effort, JAYNE MANSFIELD’S CAR

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
January 18th, 2011

Billy Bob Thornton hasn't directed a film since 2001's DADDY AND THEM but, if you're aware of the struggles he had making ALL THE PRETTY HORSES the previous year, then you can understand why. But now Thornton is back in the director's chair for JAYNE MANSFIELD'S CAR, from a script he co-wrote with Tom Epperson - a frequent collaborator who he also co-wrote ONE FALSE MOVE and THE GIFT with. Thornton has previously stated that MANSFIELD'S CAR is "a comedy drama, and it’s about human relationships. This one deals a lot with how different generations view war and also it examines the randomness of life and death."

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, veteran actor Robert Duvall has stated that he will be joining the film along with Thornton who he says is also set to appear in front of the camera as well as behind it. Check out what Mr. Duvall had to say about the project after the break.

"It’s another Southern tale. It puts Tennessee Williams in the back seat — it’s that brilliant…"

Duvall added:

It’s about a guy in between WWI and WWII who raises a family after his wife left him for an Englishman and moved to England… When the wife dies, she asks to be brought back to Alabama to be buried, and at that point the character hasn’t seen her in 20 or 30 years. The two families — her original family she abandoned and her English family — meet and then things get really interesting."

What any of this has to do with an automobile owned by the blonde bombshell of a classic Hollywood starlet is unbeknowest to anyone at this time.

Additional Source /Film, Photo Source Life

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