Watch: Don't Call Tommy Lee Jones' 'The Homesman' a Western (Exclusive)

Watch: Don't Call Tommy Lee Jones' 'The Homesman' a Western (Exclusive)

Feb 18, 2015

As pointed out in this week's DVD and Blu-ray guide, The Homesman is one of the best movies of 2014 that got wrongfully overshadowed by bigger studio movies vying for Oscar gold. Set in the 1850s, it is a taught, gripping, often harrowing tale of a frontier woman (Hilary Swank) who takes on a job no man wants of transporting three young women, all driven slightly insane by the harsh realities of frontier life, to another state.

That sounds like the perfect setting and plot for a Western. Just don't tell that to Tommy Lee Jones, the movie's director, cowriter and costar.

As you can see in the below behind-the-scenes video, Jones doesn't think highly of the word Western. And it's not so much that the movie he made doesn't fit the bill, it's just that he thinks people have misused the word for so long that it doesn't have any proper meaning anymore. And that's a very fair point, but you can't help but watch this clip and laugh a bit knowing that the interviewer was probably just tasked with asking Jones a simple question for this making-of and thought something along the lines of "Why do you like Westerns?" would be a great ice breaker.

They probably instantly regretted it.

Regardless if you agree with Jones' rather soured attitude about the term Western, you really should check out what he's made. Not only does it have a great story, but the cast is actually kind of jaw dropping. The aforementioned Swank and Jones star, but they're joined by Meryl Streep, John Lithgow, James Spader, Hailee Steinfeld, Tim Blake Nelson, Jesse Plemons, William Fichtner, David Dencik, Miranda Otto and more.

The Homesman is a remarkable movie, and you'd do well to catch up with it now that it's out on Blu-ray and DVD.





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