Billy Bob Thornton was a guest on Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" last night. They showed a clip from Friday Night Lights, and it was scene in which coach Gary Gaines gives a pep talk to his players in a locker room. Here's Billy Bob Thornton as coach Gaines in that scene:
You all have known me for a while, and for a long time now you've been hearing me talk about being perfect. Well, I want you to understand something. To me, being perfect is not about that scoreboard out there. It's not about winning. It's about you and your relationship to yourself and your family and your friends.
Being perfect is about being able to look your friends in the eye and know that you didn't let them down. Because you told them the truth. And that truth is that you did everything you could. There wasn't one more thing that you could have done. Can you live in that moment? As best you can with clear eyes and love in your heart. With joy in your heart. If you can do that gentlemen, then you're perfect.
Then the scene ended with applause from the audience, a good bye handshake from Jay Leno, and a cut to a commercial. In all fairness I should probably point out that earlier in the interview Mr. Thornton said some things that, hmmmmm, how shall I say this, things that might be considered a little bit less than perfect. For example he said that he thought William Shakespeare was overrated. He also said that he wanted to name his illegitimate daughter after Barney Fife. So, I can only suppose that when someone gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame it makes them really, really smart.
[To see all of the items at this weblog about the movie, including photos, click "Friday Night Lights".]