Billy Bob Thornton, Goliath. Nominee-Best Performance By An Actor In A TV Series – Drama

by Meher Tatna December 29, 2016
Actor Billy Bob Thornton

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Billy Bob Thornton has played lawyers before but not the one that he plays in the new Amazon series Goliath.  His character, William McBride, is a seedy, washed-up version, drinking to excess, ambulance-chasing to make a living.  Then he is forced to take a wrongful death case that pits him against the biggest law firm in Los Angeles, ironically the one he himself founded.  “Lawyers and actors are very similar,” he told us.  “A lawyer is putting on a show for the jury.  They prepare for the role, they are coached.  So it’s interesting for an actor to play a lawyer.  I always wanted to.”  His turn has won him a sixth Golden Globe nomination; he won Best Actor in Limited Series for Fargo two years ago.