Tommy Lee Jones has long had a loathe-hate relationship with the press and that was nowhere more evident than at the recent press junket for Men In Black II. During one of his many mini press conferences affectionately known to junketeers as a roundtable the 55-year-old Oscar winner showed little love for the seven reporters in attendance (save for TV Guide Online's Michael Ausiello, natch). But as co-star Will Smith points out, it isn't actually journalists that Jones has the problem with it's what comes out of their mouths. "Tommy has a hard time dealing with dumb questions," he says. Well, that could very well explain why this particular quid pro quo rapidly morphed into a tense tête-à-tête. Here's a sampling...
What brought you back to Men in Black?
Tommy Lee Jones: They decided they were going to make the movie, they asked me if I wanted to work on it, and I said yes.
In the first MIB, the sacrifice of giving up those that you love proved too great. What would you miss if you had to live the life of a MIB agent?
Jones: I never gave that a moment's thought. You're talking about a movie. I don't confuse my own personal life with movies. I just don't do that. Does that answer your question?
What do you and Will Smith have in common?
Jones: Movies and friends.
Did you feel any pressure following up the success of the first MIB?
Is there anything in your career that you haven't done that you'd like to?
Jones: No. I don't look very far past the next job.
Have there been any special skills that you've learned while making a film that you've really enjoyed and maintained in your personal life?
Jones: I'm awfully good with a knife. [But] I don't really have any need or even any desire to know how to cut both of your wrists and jugular veins and eviscerate you in three seconds. But I can do that.
As a result of MIB, do UFO enthusiasts hound you in public?
Jones: I don't spend a lot of time in public, so the short answer is no.
Are you critical of your performances when you watch them?
Jones: Of course I'm critical. That's my job.
What's your least fave part of the movie biz?
Jones: Public relations.