Dwight Yoakam Takes Big-Screen Ride in ‘Jayne Mansfield’s Car’
Dwight Yoakam is teaming with Billy Bob Thornton again on the big screen. Dwight is set to appear in a new film Billy Bob has written about World War II veterans. The pair worked together in 1996, acting in 'Sling Blade,' which earned Billy Bob an Oscar for his original screenplay.
"Billy wrote a new screenplay titled 'Jayne Mansfield's Car,'" Dwight tells the San Luis Obispo Tribune. "It's supposed to star myself, Billy Bob, and Dennis Quaid as three brothers in 1969, who are ex World War II vets wrestling with their own families and lives on a large cattle ranch in western Alabama."
Though he has carved out a solid career for himself in Hollywood, Dwight never strays too far from music, and says a new album is on the way. His most recent CD, 'Dwight Sings Buck,' a tribute to one of his heroes, Buck Owens, was released in 2007. "I'm hoping to record this summer or fall for something that's out next year," he reports. "I'm writing a lot."
Dwight has not only worked with Billy Bob in front of the cameras, but behind the console on some memorable songs as well: the two sang backing vocals on Warren Zevon's final album, 'The Wind,' in 2003, before the singer-songwriter passed away from cancer.
"Warren did a lot of recording at Billy Bob Thornton's home studio," Dwight recalls. "We were there one night and Billy said, 'You've got to listen to this.' It was after everybody had left, and he pulled up 'Knockin' on Heaven's Door.' It was Warren doing it, and Billy Bob said, 'That tears you up.'"
'Jayne Mansfield's Car' is reportedly set to begin filming this summer, and the Rome News Tribune reports that Billy Bob has been scouting shooting locations in the Atlanta area for the film, which will also star Oscar winner Robert Duvall.
In other Dwight news, the renaissance man is also included in a new cookbook. 'Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities' features 300 mouth-watering recipes from Kentucky natives including Dwight, Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus, and Naomi and Ashley Judd, among others. According to the Examiner, a portion of the proceeds from the cookbook will go to benefit charities and non-profit organizations across the state of Kentucky.