SLING BLADE fan Diann Duty wrote in a while back to tell me about the ghostly persistence of a white '89 Ford Temp that makes a cameo appearance in the dairy bar scene in . I asked her for photos and she obliged with the following e-mail:
In the dairy bar scene, Mr. Thornton is standing in the order window of the dairy bar and the camera is inside the dairy bar looking at him. During the scene, a white car appears behind him across the street. Then, the car disappears, and reappears several times. I was in that car with my daughter, and we walked across the street to watch filming. Then the crew asked me to move the car, which I did. But it was nearing the end of the day and light was getting low. In the final edit of the movie, my car comes and goes throughout that scene. Thus, an editing blooper!
So here it is, ready for its close-up, her daughter Sarah's '89 Ford Tempo, and a picture of Sarah, to boot. Sarah learned to drive with the car, and she also learned to photo bomb Billy Bob's movie with it. Way to go Sarah and Diann! Thank you for writing in!
Sling Blade is a 1996 sleeper hit that was written, directed by and stars Billy Bob Thorton. The film is based on a 1993 short film, Some Folks Call it a Sling Blade, that Thorton also wrote. The main character, Karl Childers, is a middle-aged man with an intellectual disability who has spent the past 25 years in what he calls a “nervous hospital” for killing his mother and her teenaged lover with a sling blade. Once released, Karl returns to his hometown in Arkansas and meets 12-year-old Frank, and the two become friends. Frank’s mother Linda invites Karl to live in their shed, and Karl settles into job as a mechanic. The film explores the moral ambiguity of terms such as right and wrong, good and evil. If Flannery O’Connor and William Faulkner co-wrote a screenplay, it would be very much like Sling Blade, which won Thorton the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Billy Bob Thornton (television series “Fargo”, Sling Blade, Simple Plan, Bandits), reprises his Golden Globe-nominated role as Willy Soke, with Kathy Bates (Misery,Titanic, Dolores Claiborne) as Willy’s tough-as-nails mom Sunny Soke, as well as original cast members Tony Cox as Marcus and Brett Kelly as Thurman Merman.