*You better watch out: “Bad Santa 2” is coming to town!
Billy Bob Thornton is back as America’s favorite anti-hero, along with his angry little sidekick, Tony Cox and this season fans are introduced to his horror story of a mother, Kathy Bates. EUR correspondent Fahnia Thomas talked with the cast about bad words and sequel curses.
EUR: What’s your favorite curse word?
Billy Bob Thornton: I’ve always liked son of a b*tch, because you can say it so many different ways. And in the south or the Midwest, women can be called a son of a b*tch. It’s not in a bad way, it’s like, ‘boy, look at her! That’s a little pretty son of b*tch.’ You know what I mean? I don’t know where they got that…it’s a good exclamation point.
Kathy Bates: Probably c*cksucker. I don’t know why but it has always been my personal favorite.
Christina Hendricks: I like all swear words. F*ck is always good. It gets the point across.
Tony Cox: Sh*t!
Brett Kelly: Oh, motherfucker! F*ck is too UGH…it’s good! It’s versatile but motherfucker sets it off.
EUR: “Bad Santa 2” is hilarious and its being released 13 years after the original, how did you avoid the sequel curse?
Billy Bob Thornton: We want to keep the spirit of the first one. We didn’t want to make the same movie or do something completely different. This one has a little more of a story and there is more emotion. So it’s a little closer to being a Christmas movie. There is a family connection but it’s still real nasty.
Christina Hendricks: It’s very crass, it’s raunchy, it’s a complete escape from real life. It’s a bunch of despicable people, saying and doing a bunch of despicable things, and you just sort of go along the ride with them. Billy, Kathy and Tony act with such a straight performance…it’s just outrageousness being done in a very natural way, that makes it even more audacious.
EUR: What’s one thing you learned about your co-star, you didn’t already know?
Kathy Bates: Billy has always been a conceptual actor but he is a person too. He doesn’t lie. He doesn’t lie in his life or on camera. I’ve always admired people who are not afraid to be themselves because it’s a scary world.
“Bad Santa 2” arrives in theaters November 23.