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Random Roles: Billy Bob Thornton on Goliath, Fargo, and working with Warren Zevon

Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about. The actor: When Billy Bob Thornton first arrived in L.A., it was with an eye toward a career in music, but plans change. Not that he didn’t still end up with a music career, but Thornton’s first success came as an actor; and within a few years he’d also found success as a writer and director, earning tremendous acclaim for his 1996 film, Sling Blade, in which he also starred.
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