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?
Jones: No.

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.