In one 'Bad Santa' scene, Billy Bob Thornton was so drunk that he fell asleep standing up: 'I Barely Knew I Was in a Movie.'
Billy Bob Thornton is a versatile performer who has dabbled in a variety of genres.
Thornton is an author, performance artist, musician, and actor best known for his role as Karl Childers in the critically acclaimed film Sling Blade.
Thornton, on the other hand, is best known to a new generation of moviegoers for his leading role in the classic comedy Bad Santa.
Bad Santa is one of those films that made an immediate impact and has remained a holiday classic to this day, owing to Thornton's serious commitment to character behind the scenes.
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Thornton had already established himself as a major star by the time Bad Santa was released in 2003.
Thornton, on the other hand, became even more of a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood in his role as a department store Santa Claus with a penchant for whiskey.
Thornton once admitted that he got into character by imbibing quite a bit before filming began.
Thornton once admitted to BuzzFeed that there was one scene in particular where he showed up completely drunk.
It was the scene at the mall where his character has a drunken outburst and attacks a decorative donkey.
The actor drank three glasses of red wine, a vodka and cranberry juice cocktail, and then a few beers in preparation for that scene.
"I barely knew I was in a movie by the time I got to that scene there," Thornton joked.
He also admitted to being inebriated for the scene when riding an escalator, falling asleep while standing up and being startled awake when he reached the top.
Finally, the take turned out to be perfect, and it was used in the finished film.
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Bad Santa may have been raunchy and adult-oriented, but it was an instant hit.
According to IMDb, the film received critical acclaim, with Thornton receiving a Golden Globe nomination for his role in Bad Santa.
Willie Soke, a professional thief, takes a yearly job as a department store Santa Claus in order to rob shopping malls at night, is the protagonist of the film.
Willie, along with his accomplice Marcus, thrives on drinking and stealing, and has no illusions about the spirit of the season.
Willie's ruse is eventually discovered when he befriends a troubled child, and his con begins to unravel.
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Bad Santa has amassed a sizable cult following in the nearly two decades since its initial release.
In 2016, it was followed by an extended cut and a sequel.
Many fans, however, believe that the original simply cannot be surpassed.
According to TV Guide, those interested in watching Bad Santa this holiday season can do so on Amazon Prime Video.
Scrooged, starring Bill Murray, is another dark comedic gem for the holidays.
The 1988 film tells the story of a cynical television executive who discovers the Christmas spirit through unusual means.
It's currently available on Amazon Prime Video to watch.
Black Christmas, streaming on Peacock, follows a group of sorority sisters who are stalked by a killer during the holiday season for those who enjoy a little fright with their holiday cheer.
Black Christmas is a hidden gem that is both funny and frightening.