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THE MOVIE: School for Scoundrels

Billy Bob Thornton • Jon Heder • Jacinda Barrett
DIRECTOR: Todd Phillips

Billy Bob Thornton and Jon Heder THE CONCEPT:
Roger (Heder), a timid and beleaguered New York City meter maid who is plagued by anxiety and low self-esteem, enrolls in a top-secret confidence-building class taught by the suavely underhanded Dr P (Thornton) in the hopes he will find the courage to ask his neighbor Amanda (Barrett) for a date.

U.S. RELEASE: September 29 2006, Nationwide • Rated: PG-13


Ive got a lot of sympathy for losers; Ive been a loser many times. I think the point of this movie is you should be more confident, it will get you further in your life, but you cant let it go over into arrogance and power madness. And then for Jons character, you should be nice and honest, but dont let it become weakness. I think both guys have their point, and neither one of them knows how to do it properly.

It was easy to play a loser, because its just acting like me; but I was reminded yesterday when I saw the film for the first time that Roger really is a pathetic, sad person at the beginning. Im not that sad and pathetic in real life. But I was a lot like Roger when I was in high school. I had no confidence with women.

Jon is such a sweetheart and has such a strong moral code by which he conducts his life. He doesnt work on Sundays, you will never hear him swear in a movie. He will never have a drop of coffee or alcohol. And then youve got Billy who is totally cool with the alcohol and swearing. Their personalities so fitted the roles.

Just as in the movie, were polar opposites. But the cool thing about acting is Billy is very different, but hes very nice. Hed get right into character, but in between scenes wed sit down and talk. We had a lot of fun. Everyone really liked being around him.

Jons a lot looser than people might think. Hes a really good kid, I like him. Everybody talks about how hes a Mormon, but its not like you had to sit there and keep your collar up and not curse, he wasnt like that.

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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