And now he's standing by his pal Lanois, who refuses to release his composition for a DVD release.
He says, "They (Miramax) said that I could do my own cut and put it out on DVD. I wouldn't do it. People deserve to see that movie in the theatre, the way it was made.
"My version is 75 per cent better. The movie wasn't about a teen romance. The movie was about the end of the West, and that's the movie I made.
"The last scene of the movie, they made me cut it out - maybe the most important thing in the movie... These days they want to cut everything like a rock video."
But Thornton does have Matt Damon's praise to fall back on - the actor is convinced the movie is one of the finest he'll make.
Thornton adds, "I guess I have enough satisfaction when Matt Damon calls me up and says, 'You know what? Thanks for the best experience I ever had making a movie. That movie we cut, originally, was the best thing I've ever been in.'"09/12/2003 21:09