Movie Article

Billy Bob Thornton

Even little old ladies love Billy Bob Thornton's twisted ''Bad Santa.'' And now, with the unrated 100-minute ''Badder Santa'' on the DVD, there's more to love.

Really? Grannies on the street tell you they dig Bad Santa?
Isn't that nuts? And here's the weird thing, and I feel a little strange about this: Little kids come up to me and say it.

How'd you pull off such a go-for-broke performance? In another interview you said you were drunk a lot of the time.
Uh, well, I tell the European press that. [Laughs] What's the movie's best dirty line? I think everybody loves ''F -- - me, Santa!'' and I'm on the same bandwagon.

According to the Internet Movie Database, the movie has 147 f -- -s. A Christmas-movie record?
Oh, sure. It may be a record for any movie. Except for maybe -- what's the crime thing with Al Pacino? -- ''Scarface''! ''Scarface'' and ''Bad Santa'' are probably neck and neck.

Originally posted Jun 25, 2004 Published in issue #771-772 Jun 25, 2004 Order article reprints