Most stories written about the 68-year-old Oscar winner inevitably become about the process of trying to interview the famously grouchy actor — which has proven to be a formidable task since Jones rose to fame over 30 years ago. The Homesman marks his second big-screen directorial effort, after 2005’s acclaimed The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, also a Western. Jones was sent a copy of the 1988 Glendon Swarthout novel of the same name by his friend, producer Michael Fitzgerald, who thought Jones might spark to the gritty material. The novel — and, now, film — tells the story of a lonely woman, Mary Bee Cuddy, who lives in a small town on the western frontier during the 1830s.
Tommy Lee Jones has fashioned an amazing career out of playing gruff, angry men, a character archetype not all that far removed from his off-screen demeanor. Now, we’ve got a new tale to add to the Oscar winner’s (and Grumpy Cat doppelgänger’s) legend: His dismissal of his Batman Forever costar Jim Carrey. Carrey, who stars in the upcoming Dumb and Dumber To, worked alongside Jones in the 1995 sequel, playing the Riddler to Jones’ Two-Face.