New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 8, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Z e i t u n g
ctionsFilm Close-up: Tommy Lee Jones
By Joey Berlin Copley Newt Service
Once known as Hollywood's grouchiest movie star, Tommy Lee Jones seems like a new man hyping his latest movie, “Volcano."
Maybe it’Ss the good feelings he has about this explosive disaster flick that finds molten lava running through die streets of Los Angeles, or his other expected summer blockbuster, the sci-fi comic-thriller “Men in Black," opening on the Fourth of July weekend.
Perhaps it'is a residual effect from winning the Academy Award three years ago for “The Fugitive."
Or it could be changes in his once-turbulent private life.
Whatever the reason, a man who once seemed perfectly cast as mean old Ty Cobb in “Cobb” and projected even less charisma offscreen than his old college roommate, Vice President Al Gore, is positively smiley as he expounds
the work has been steady for the past two decades - and the pay is great.
To earn his millions on “Volcano," Jones, along with co
at times. But Jones even found a bright side to this potentially dangerous situation.
“We were all very close to the fire,” recalls Jones. “Particularly
“Volcano” director Mick Jackson calls Jones the perfect choice to play the hero because of “his Gen. Patton qualities.”_
on the Importance of fun on the set and on the screen.
“If we don’t have fun when we’re making a film, the audience probably won’t,” says Jones. “Fun is an operative word. You could even have a motto: No fun, no mon, hon."
The way Jones is looking at things now, making movies for a living is a sweet gig. For this 50-year-old native of San Saba, Texas,
have in common. Egos get smaller. Achievement goes up. That's really how we remained safe. I’m very proud of the special-effects crew, the camera crew and the acting company. They cohered in this rather handsome way. They're an awful good bunch of cinema soldiers.”
“Volcano” director Mick Jackson calls Jones the perfect choice to play the hero because of “his Gen. Patton qualities.” In case of a real crisis, he wants Jones leading the way.
“He is resourceful, resilient, unflappable and has a down-to-earth rock-like common-sense grittiness to him,” says Jackson.
So what would Jones really do if he found himself trapped in the situation depicted in “Volcano”?
“I’d run like hell,” he insists. “That’s why Mick wants to be with me, ’cause I’m gonna get out of there.”
One irresistible force Jones has not been able to escape is the media. While he is enjoying the perks of stardom, he is still troubled by the responsibilities of dealing with an insatiable entertainment press. The proud papa of a 5-year-old daughter, he is anxious to protect her from their intrusions. When his marriage hit the rocks, he certainly didn't want to make it a news event.
“I’m often asked questions that a normal person would think arc
San Antonio'sTommy Lee Jones stars Tit two of this summer's biggest blockbusters: “Vblcano”, and “Men In Black”.
star Anne Heche and other actors, did have to put up with some of the toughest conditions a motion picture insurance company will allow. While the flowing lava was primarily a special-effects creation, the surrounding fires were too real
after the 35th or 40th consecutive night of shooting, when stress and fatigue become safety factors, in the interest of survival, people come together. They forget what divides them. They realize that the most important thing is what they
Singer/songwriter Guy Clark in rare form on his new live album
“Keeper*"; Guy Clark} Sugar Hill.
Whether he is navigating his way down a Los Angeles freeway or recounting the first time he saw a streamlined train, Guy Clark tells stones with a straightforward charm that transports you directly into his imagination. “Keepers," a live album recorded at Nashville’s Douglas Comer club, finds the veteran singer/songwriter in rare form as he leads a five-piece band through 15 of his best songs.
It doesn ’t really matter if you know Clarks songs, his gritty authenticity and friendly melodies make them sound familiar upon first listen.
Men.ory songs like ‘‘Texas 1947'' and “Better Days” are as good as any country song you're likely to hear.
More western than country, he strips every song down to its bare essentials and isn’t afraid to get sentimental when the need arises.
May 15: Veranda Bar Lingerie Show May 21: Ladies' Luncheon & Fashion Show Main Dining Room May 22: Ladies Only Lingerie Show May 23: Gourmet Breakfast
with Classical Guitar Music by William Rangel
340 S. Seguin St. May 28: Informal Cigar Party
625-7791 Call for reservations & info.
American Legion Post 179 • 4io w. Coil, New Braunfels
We have all the traditional favorites for you. Only...
Variety of Meats 4 Vegetables Salads Galore * Tempting Desserts
Children IO and under 1/2 price
10% Off Senior Citizen
1051 IH-35 New Braunfels
PLEASE CALL FOR RESERVATIONS:
nobody’s business,” explains Jones, who still makes his primary residence in Texas. “You try to be polite and answer questions as decently as you can because it’s part of the job. People do want to know. You try not to be too jealous of your privacy.”
However, even the new Tommy Lee is much more comfortable discussing his work. Who could blame him? With two high-profile films like “Volcano” and “Men in Black” expected to be among the year’s biggest hits, his current career is certainly a pleasant subject.
So is his future. He hopes to take his second stab at directing, but first up is the sequel to “The Fugitive.” Now that the one-armed man has been found and Dr. Richard Kimble has had his good name restored, Jones gets to take center stage in “U.S. Marshals.” “It’ll have all the same characters as ‘The Fugitive’ except, sadly, Harrison Ford,” he reports. “We
Thursday, Friday Jukebox, Shuffleboard
Saturday Private Party EVERY SUNDAY “BRET GRAHAM"
295 Saengerhalle Rd.. N.B.
won’t have Harry. We will have Wesley Snipes, though. We’ll chase him.”
Sounds like fun.
Chicken Fried Steak
Biggest & Tastiest in Town!
Kids K .md tinder i-.it Hall I’m t-from Child s Menu
WB JAM NIGHT
IU SQNGWRITiRS V NIGHT
Im UVE ENT.
“Stingraysr Ba Delirious III Margarita!!
press lunch Window lo Go
381 UNDA ST. NEW BRAUNFELS
GIFT BOOKS A VAH -XBI F
WALNUT 6 629-6400
IH 35 and Walnut Ave.
Mother's Day • 2 p.m.
Sponsored by:American Legion Post 35 Held at Comal County Sportsman's Club,
252 S. Kowald In. north of Canyon High School)
For More Information,
Clark’s versatility is displayed prominently on "Keepers The feelgood twang of “A Little of Both” mixes Mississ.ppi Delta blues with West Texas lap stee’ to create a spicy concoction while the sorrowful "Out in the Parking Lot” is a touching paean to loneliness. The spoken-word “The Last Gunfighter ballad” isn’t for everyone, but memory songs like “Texas 1947” and “Better Days” are as good as any country song you’re likely to hear.
aim mis gill is for you:
J (Ob diat-la Bean litatoaly)
W | Good in,lime duluth AU, ll. IMT
OMASI rfij I HAUS
RESTAURANT f" I (810) 625-3280
Of, I S4l Hwy. 46 S. (i Block East of l-5f) • New Braunfels __
Warriors Fri. Mon Thur Sot-Sun Of Virtue 5:007:10 215-4:15 9:10 7:10-9:10
I he Saint Fri. Mon-Thurs Sot Sun W/ Val Kilmer S I 5-7 20 2 30 4:40
PG-13 I 9:30 7:20-9:30.
^Hey! We do Bothie
A Marketplace for Poth! ★ SHOPPER ^
lf you sell... or you just buy...
You"ll love the things we Handmakel!
662 3. Walnut Ava.
Walnut Square Shopping Cantar (naxt to Targat)