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Tommy Lee Jones has no idea what MIB 3 is about, doesn't know why he's in Captain America

02.11.2011

I've had the pleasure over my 10+ years of junketing to never have had to interview Tommy Lee Jones. Not because I don't enjoy his acting but because he's a notorious tough interview. Perhaps the toughest. That said, at least he's honest...

While taking time out of filming MEN IN BLACK III to promote SUNSET LIMITED, an HBO film he directed, Jones was asked about the third film in the MIB trilogy. So, Mr. Jones, can you give us an idea what the film is about? "No." And why exactly is that? "I don’t really know what the plotline is." You're in a movie and you don't know what the plot is? "There are vast pieces of the script yet unwritten." Huh...

Since Mr. Jones obviously didn't have much to say about MEN IN BLACK, the topic then crossed over to his role in CAPTAIN AMERICA. The interviewer asks Jones, "What are you doing in Captain America? I mean, literally: What are you doing in Captain America!?" as if to suggest that the movie is below his considerable talents to which, strangely, Jones does not disagree. "Yeah, I ask myself that same question every day! The character I play is the one you’ve seen in a thousand movies..." Looks like he may disagree with Joe Johnston's early review that would suggest CAPTAIN AMERICA is awesome (which it very well may be and Jones is just being curmudgeonly).

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Source: NY Mag

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4:51PM on 02/13/2011
I guess he's not one for the press.
I guess he's not one for the press.
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8:39AM on 02/13/2011
He's just screwing with us, lol. Just trying to throw us off.
He's just screwing with us, lol. Just trying to throw us off.
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1:27AM on 02/13/2011
Jones is a great actor, but I just think he acts like this because of his age.

Like he doesn't have time to bullshit around with people.
Jones is a great actor, but I just think he acts like this because of his age.

Like he doesn't have time to bullshit around with people.
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8:11PM on 02/12/2011
Lol, gotta love the guy. At least he's speaking his mind :)
Lol, gotta love the guy. At least he's speaking his mind :)
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6:57PM on 02/11/2011

weird things to focus on

Why not talk about the Mccarthy play the interview is about? That was a fun read. Jones is such an intelligent man
Why not talk about the Mccarthy play the interview is about? That was a fun read. Jones is such an intelligent man
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5:35PM on 02/11/2011

I second, ye, afwdg99

JoBlo, c'mon....

Lets hear reviews. Not putting spins on movie related stuffs. Your better than that.
JoBlo, c'mon....

Lets hear reviews. Not putting spins on movie related stuffs. Your better than that.
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5:08PM on 02/11/2011
Jones is an asshole. Fuck him.
Jones is an asshole. Fuck him.
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3:39PM on 02/11/2011

C'mon Joblo

If you guys click the source (NY Mag) you'll see that JoBlo only chose to include the quotes that make him sound grumpy/funny. He isn't as much of an ass in the interview.
If you guys click the source (NY Mag) you'll see that JoBlo only chose to include the quotes that make him sound grumpy/funny. He isn't as much of an ass in the interview.
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3:22PM on 02/11/2011

I want to have a beer with him...

...but I'd be afraid that he'd smash me over the head with the bottle and stub out a cigarette in the rapidly growing pool of my blood.

Always liked TLJ. He seems like the type who doesn't suffer fools easily, and who can blame him. Just because he does "paycheck films" doesn't mean he can't be honest about 'em. Rock on with your bad self, Mr. Jones.
...but I'd be afraid that he'd smash me over the head with the bottle and stub out a cigarette in the rapidly growing pool of my blood.

Always liked TLJ. He seems like the type who doesn't suffer fools easily, and who can blame him. Just because he does "paycheck films" doesn't mean he can't be honest about 'em. Rock on with your bad self, Mr. Jones.
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2:53PM on 02/11/2011
Hahaha... he's cool in my book
Hahaha... he's cool in my book
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2:39PM on 02/11/2011

NO!

That's awesome. He gives me hope to be a unrepentant asshole when i get older. TLJ makes being old fucking amazing.
That's awesome. He gives me hope to be a unrepentant asshole when i get older. TLJ makes being old fucking amazing.
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2:37PM on 02/11/2011
I find this confusing to be honest, it's not as though he's struggling for attention, He's a sucessful actor and must have the freedom to pick and choose what he does, if he doesn't want to do a film then why do it?
I find this confusing to be honest, it's not as though he's struggling for attention, He's a sucessful actor and must have the freedom to pick and choose what he does, if he doesn't want to do a film then why do it?
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2:08PM on 02/11/2011
I'm sure he's been doing what he does, and all the uninteresting stuff that goes along with being a successful actor, long enough for whatever minimal tolerance he had for boring questions to have fully eroded. I respect someone more for being openly grumpy than those who feign enthusiasm when they don't really feel it.
The older i get the grumpier i feel. By the time I'm Tommy Lee Jones' age I fully expect to be an uncooperative s.o.b.
I'm sure he's been doing what he does, and all the uninteresting stuff that goes along with being a successful actor, long enough for whatever minimal tolerance he had for boring questions to have fully eroded. I respect someone more for being openly grumpy than those who feign enthusiasm when they don't really feel it.
The older i get the grumpier i feel. By the time I'm Tommy Lee Jones' age I fully expect to be an uncooperative s.o.b.
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2:03PM on 02/11/2011

It's no surprise

That the guy is like this after having to go what he went through with Schumacher on Batman Forver. Imagine taking a roll based on info you've gotten (Two Face from the Animated series) only to get there and be told that this is the character the director actually wants (Two Face in Batman Forever).

I'd be a disgruntled prick too :D
That the guy is like this after having to go what he went through with Schumacher on Batman Forver. Imagine taking a roll based on info you've gotten (Two Face from the Animated series) only to get there and be told that this is the character the director actually wants (Two Face in Batman Forever).

I'd be a disgruntled prick too :D
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1:19PM on 02/11/2011
Perfect picture to go with the article.
Perfect picture to go with the article.
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1:17PM on 02/11/2011

wow

seems like an asshole, I wouldn't want to see what he's like to work with...
seems like an asshole, I wouldn't want to see what he's like to work with...
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1:17PM on 02/11/2011

wow

seems like an asshole, I wouldn't want to see what he's like to work with...
seems like an asshole, I wouldn't want to see what he's like to work with...
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12:16PM on 02/11/2011

Love you Tommy!

Your cold heart and bone-dry sense of humour is what makes you the king. Don't ever change!

"LIKE HELL!!!"
Your cold heart and bone-dry sense of humour is what makes you the king. Don't ever change!

"LIKE HELL!!!"
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11:26AM on 02/11/2011

LOL

That's what I literally did when I read the headline
That's what I literally did when I read the headline
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11:13AM on 02/11/2011

What a jerk

TLJ is such a jerk. I saw him at Disney Land once and no one was bothering him, and all I did was say "Hello" as I walked by and he told me to "Get the F out of here and leave me alone." Great actor, huge asshole
TLJ is such a jerk. I saw him at Disney Land once and no one was bothering him, and all I did was say "Hello" as I walked by and he told me to "Get the F out of here and leave me alone." Great actor, huge asshole
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11:25AM on 02/11/2011
That's lame as fuck. I'm not surprised though, he seems to have that way about him...
That's lame as fuck. I'm not surprised though, he seems to have that way about him...
11:31AM on 02/11/2011
What a cunt.
What a cunt.
12:10PM on 02/11/2011
what the hell was Tommy Lee Jones doing @ Disneyland?
what the hell was Tommy Lee Jones doing @ Disneyland?
1:35PM on 02/11/2011
And this is coming from Egon Spengler himself, so you know it's true!
And this is coming from Egon Spengler himself, so you know it's true!
4:05PM on 02/11/2011
So he was swearing? in DisneyLand? Unheard of!
So he was swearing? in DisneyLand? Unheard of!
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11:11AM on 02/11/2011
Maybe he just hates interviews but it seems like he's got a shitty attitude. It's not very classy to knock a film that you AGREED to star in. No one held a gun to your head, Tommy. Oh, and you did a cheerleading movie not too long ago. You're not above this. That all said, he's a fine actor and I always enjoy his performances.
Maybe he just hates interviews but it seems like he's got a shitty attitude. It's not very classy to knock a film that you AGREED to star in. No one held a gun to your head, Tommy. Oh, and you did a cheerleading movie not too long ago. You're not above this. That all said, he's a fine actor and I always enjoy his performances.
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11:04AM on 02/11/2011

Good with the Bad

I imagine those junkets can really get old, esp. when you've been in the business as long as he has. Still, it would be nice to get a LITTLE more information from him during interviews. Still a great actor though and I enjoy watching him.
I imagine those junkets can really get old, esp. when you've been in the business as long as he has. Still, it would be nice to get a LITTLE more information from him during interviews. Still a great actor though and I enjoy watching him.
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11:02AM on 02/11/2011

Good with the Bad

I imagine those junkets can really get old, esp. when you've been in the business as long as he has. Still, it would be nice to get a LITTLE more information from him during interviews. Still a great actor though and I enjoy watching him.
I imagine those junkets can really get old, esp. when you've been in the business as long as he has. Still, it would be nice to get a LITTLE more information from him during interviews. Still a great actor though and I enjoy watching him.
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11:02AM on 02/11/2011
"Mr. Jones, can you give us an idea what the film is about?"

"No."

LOVE IT!
"Mr. Jones, can you give us an idea what the film is about?"

"No."

LOVE IT!
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11:00AM on 02/11/2011

Classic Tommy

With MIB and Captain America, Tommy is just pulling a Richard Dreyfuss (recently) and collecting a paycheck. But he won't be phoning it in. The man earns his dollar.

It's just these that he knows he's above these kind of films.
With MIB and Captain America, Tommy is just pulling a Richard Dreyfuss (recently) and collecting a paycheck. But he won't be phoning it in. The man earns his dollar.

It's just these that he knows he's above these kind of films.
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11:34AM on 02/11/2011
Ermm...no he's not. He played some guy in some chick comedy once and he was a goofy Two-Face in Batman Forever. Not to mention TWO Men In Black movies. I'm not sure if he's a prestigious Oscar-bait-only actor in some warped sense of his own reality, but in the world I live in TLJ is a damn good actor who has had his fair share of shitty roles. I'm not saying Men In Black is shitty, just that it's a fun popcorn flick, nothing to brag about when it comes to acting-chops.
Ermm...no he's not. He played some guy in some chick comedy once and he was a goofy Two-Face in Batman Forever. Not to mention TWO Men In Black movies. I'm not sure if he's a prestigious Oscar-bait-only actor in some warped sense of his own reality, but in the world I live in TLJ is a damn good actor who has had his fair share of shitty roles. I'm not saying Men In Black is shitty, just that it's a fun popcorn flick, nothing to brag about when it comes to acting-chops.
2:59PM on 02/11/2011
I think it's more that TLJ sometimes does movies that he has no interest in watching. It doesn't mean that he doesn't try his best to make his character believable, and to be honest, a 64-year-old man really shouldn't be interested in Captain America or Men In Black.
I think it's more that TLJ sometimes does movies that he has no interest in watching. It doesn't mean that he doesn't try his best to make his character believable, and to be honest, a 64-year-old man really shouldn't be interested in Captain America or Men In Black.
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