Tommy Lee Jones
Actor Tommy Lee Jones was born on September 15, 1946 in San Saba, Texas and attended Harvard University. After graduating from college, Jones work on a variety of theater projects in New York City, and his film debut came in 1970's "Love Story." From there Jones had a stint on the TV soap opera "One Life to Live" in addition to having a number of other television cameos. He truly became a star, though, in the late eighties and early nineties with such movies as "The Package," "JFK," and "Under Siege." With his leading man status firmly in place, Jones went on to star in such films as "Blown Away," "The Client," "Cobb," "The Fugitive," "Batman Forever," "Men in Black," and now, its wonderful sequel, "Men in Black II."
How did you feel about doing a sequel ? "No problem. I immediately wanted to do it because I had a lot of fun on the first one. The first 30 minutes of "MIB" were dedicated to putting forth a premise, creating a world in which there is an agency called Men In Black and we invited the audience into this world and then the story went on. When the film was over, I thought "I want to know what happens next. I want to go on some more adventures with these guys.""
Did you and Will click straight away on set ? "Well we had to. I was making another film when Barry Sonnenfeld [the director] started shooting so he had to shoot all the scenes in which I didn't appear first. Then he had Grand Central Station booked for a day's shooting - and that isn't easy to get - and I was filming up until the day before that in Washington State. So I flew in and we had to go that day at Grand Central. So we really had no choice, no warming up between Will and I. But happily that wasn't necessary, we were already good friends and have a good solid working relationship. And we worked really hard."
Do you like doing comedy ? "Comedy roles haven't come my way a lot. I've really had a wonderful time doing this. I didn't have a lot of experience in my professional life with comedy so, after doing "Men in Black" and now this one, I now know everything there is to know! Really, the secret to being funny is to do everything Barry tells you and to stand very close to Will Smith... and then people think you're funny."
Why do you think the idea of aliens among us and agents tracking them down is so appealing to people ? "I think it's funny, exciting, adventurous, scary, mysterious and then it's funny again. After you've seen it, you like to think back. If we've done our job right, the film is a lot of fun to remember."
Would you do "MIB III" ? "Oh sure. I'd be ready to go tomorrow. They're some of the happiest days of my working life. I have a lot of fun and it's a great opportunity to make a lot of people laugh."
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Interviewed by Thorne Cawlec for Exclusive Magazine
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