Tommy Lee Jones on the "Fascist Madness" of a Border Fence
Noticed that Harvard U.'s fancypants glossy 02138 has a new owner as of immediately. Also noticed the current issue's cover: an interesting portrait of Tommy Lee Jones, who, as you no doubt know, was borned in Midland and edumicated at St. Mark's School of Texas, where he's been on the board of directors but ain't at the moment. (Says Jones in the interview, in which he lives up to his rep as Mr. Crankypants: "I grew up in Midland, Texas, and Dallas.") Fact is, he really only gets chatty -- and funny -- when asked about a fence along the Texas-Mexico border:
The idea of a fence between El Paso and Brownsville bears all the credibility and seriousness of flying saucers from Mars or leprechauns. Or any manner of malicious, paranoid superstition. In other words, it’s bullshit. ...
You can’t build a fence that I cannot get over, through, or under if I want to go to Mexico. In that [border] country, you cannot do it. It’s a complete folly. Ecologically, it’s a complete disaster, and sociologically, it’s a complete disaster. It’s an act of fascist madness.
Also noted in there: During the shooting of The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada in 2005, he'd "look at what we were doing and shake my head and ask the script girl, 'Do you think there’s anybody in the United States smart enough to see this movie?'" Apparently not. --Robert Wilonsky