Billy Bob's Filmography
DARRELL: Ya think bad, then bad's what ya get.
BOBBY: That's a pretty decent philosophy you got there.
DARRELL: Yeah, well, no charge.
Bobby Cooper (Sean Penn) owes thousands to some scary folk in
Las Vegas. He's got the scratch to pay off the debt, but
only after losing two of his fingers. Unfortunately,
Bobby's journey to Vegas is derailed when he blows a radiator
hose in his red 1964 (and a half!) Mustang convertible, forcing
him off the highway and smack into the craziest damn town
imaginable: Superior, Arizona. When the local (and only) mechanic (our Billy
Bob) rips him off, Bobby needs money badly to get him back en
route to settle his debt. In short order, a wealthy man
(Nick Nolte) hires him to bump off his young wife, and the young
wife (Jennifer Lopez) seduces Bobby into bumping off her
husband. Could things get any worse for Bobby? Well
. . . yeah. Little does he know that he's filming this
picture in the same town where Christopher Walken unleashed hell
in THE PROPHECY.
What Billy Bob Gets To Do
is quite as triumphantly bent as Billy Bob's greasy, rotund
Darrell, the auto mechanic who's not quite as dumb as Sean Penn
thinks he is. To gain 50 pounds worth of Billy Belly for the part, Billy Bob
drank two Dr. Pepper and butter pecan ice cream floats each
going to bed at night. He gets to rip off Sean Penn in true grease-monkey fashion,
while demonstrating just how twisted a game of Twister can be
with the right costuming. Judging from the above snapshot, we think
he's an autumn.
John Ridley adapted the screenplay from
his novel, Stray Dogs (a title which Billy Bob actually
said he preferred). Director Oliver Stone packed this fish-out-of-water black comedy set in the spooky Arizona desert with a host
of amazing character actors: Nick Nolte, Powers
Boothe, Claire Danes, Joaquin Phoenix, Billy Bob's future father-in-law Jon
Voight, Julie Haggerty, and J-Lo, all ganging up (with Billy Bob) on poor shnook Sean
Penn. We don't know what kind of cactus
Mr. Stone was smoking when he directed this delirious misadventure, but it features a lovely and disturbing score by Ennio Morricone and one of the better scorpion perfs I've ever seen in a movie that didn't involve nuclear radiation as a key plot point.
By the way, the town of Superior, Arizona, actually exists (and THE
PROPHECY was really shot there), and that gas station
Darrell works at, Harlin's, still stands.
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Vacation in beauteous Superior,
Arizona, home of the World's Smallest Museum!
The score to U-TURN was composed by the great (and still inexcusably
Oscar-lorn) Ennio Morricone. It has Johnny Cash's Ring
of Fire and Peggy Lee's It's a Great Day, plus a
deeply haunting theme for Jennifer Lopez's femme fatale
character Grace. Wonderful music for the open road, as
long as your car is in peak running condition.