I was watching (and enjoying) the History Channel mini-series “Texas Rising” last Monday and Tuesday and was so happy to see Thomas Jane on my screen! I think Thomas was one of my very first celebrity interviews when I started blogging and I stared thinking I should look up the interview to share it with all of you again. Originally, I had done it for a website called Technorati but they changed direction and no longer have it available. Luckily, I saved it in my own files!
If you haven’t had a chance to catch “Texas Rising” I suggest you try to catch up on it before the next airing this coming Monday at 9PM on the History Channel.
I hope you enjoy my interview with Thomas as much as I enjoyed doing it! At the time, he was doing the show “Hung” on HBO and my good friend Jessica Northey (yup, THE Jessica Northey from CM Chat fame AND Queen of the Country Music Social Scene!) was gracious enough to hook me up with the interview. I was so delighted and found Thomas to be a truly fascinating character and the most dedicated father.
I’d like to thank Thomas Jane for agreeing to do this interview when I was really just starting out and had only been on Twitter about 2 years at the time. It just shows what a generous and supportive guy he is!
Q: People know you from your various work in movies such as The Mist, Deep Blue Sea, The Punisher and your role on HBO’s Hung, as well as voice work in video games (The Punisher). They may be surprised to know your interests include music and photography too. Do you have a favorite “hat” that you wear of all of these?
Thomas Jane: I have a purple Fedora from Cha Cha’s House of Ill Repute. That’s my fave right now.
Q: Director, Producer, Actor, which is most fun? Most interesting? Can you explain some of the similarities and differences?
TJ: The Producer tells the Director that the actor isn’t getting out of bed until noon. But the director tells the actor that if he keeps fucking the producers girlfriend, the close up doesn’t go in the movie.
Q: Tell us about your project, Raw Studios. Graphic novels have become a huge genre.
TJ: I started Raw with Tim Bradstreet because I love comic books & graphic novels. I wasn’t getting cast in enough comic book movies, so now I make my own comic books, so if they ever get made into a movie, I can get cast in it. I hope. Maybe not. It’s tough out there.
Q: Comic Con fans are extremely dedicated and passionate about their favorite projects. Do you use the feedback from fans to influence decisions about direction or plots?
TJ: They tried that in the 90’s, but fans got really mad that they were letting the ‘internet’ affect the way films were made. So we went back to ignoring them, and everyone is much happier.
Q: How has Social Media changed the entertainment business for you and your peers, in your opinion?
TJ: When I go on auditions now, everyone knows I sucked by the time I get to my car. there’s no waiting around for the phone to ring. The director just twitters, “Just met Thomas Jane. He should stick to writing comic books. ;p”
TJ: I’d rather not talk about it. I’ve never gotten an erection doing a sex scene before. It was hot. My character didn’t know!
Q: In addition to all you have going on, you remain a dedicated father. Does that influence the projects you choose?
TJ: Fatherhood has made me more discerning. It has to be g000,000d enough to spend time away from my daughter. That’s good with six 0’s.
Q: Who is Rusty Blades? Do you have any upcoming musical appearances?
TJ: Rusty Blades is my musical alter ego. He has an EP coming out sometime soon with his band, Frighten the Horses. He also gets drunk and wrecks hotel rooms and sleeps with lots of bitches. His favorite hat is a Stetson.
When I hear the word Mother, I think of love, nurturing, wisdom, guidance, and strength. Those same thoughts are evoked when I think of Dr. Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey, so, when I heard OWNTV was airing a very special episode of Super Soul Sunday on Mother’s Day where Oprah would be interviewing Dr. Angelou, I thought it quite appropriate.
I tune in to Super Soul Sunday regularly so there was no doubt in my mind that I would be watching this episode but as luck would have it, I was also granted the treat of being sent a sneak peek. I can tell you that you are in for one heck of an hour. I learned a few new things about Maya Angelou and of course I was left inspired by both women. Dr. Angelou accomplished more than most people do in a lifetime before she was even 20 years old despite the fact that she is African American AND female. I don’t want to give too much away but I do want you all to tune in. Although I’ve seen it, I’ll be right there watching with you on Sunday morning as well! I suggest you grab a few people you love to watch with you, this wisdom is too good not to share.
You can go to Oprah.com for a short preview. Can’t wait to see you all on Twitter and Facebook!