Dwight Yoakam (Howard Polk)Putting the events into motion in Cry Macho is country-singer-turned-actor Dwight Yoakam, who portrays Howard Polk, the owner of the Texas rodeo where Mike Milo was once a legend. Before playing a father who will stop at nothing to take back his son, Yoakam had one of the most successful country music careers out of anyone in the 1980s and 1990s with hits like “A Thousand Miles from Nowhere,” “Streets of Bakersfield,” and Christmastime classic “Santa Can’t Stay.”
Following a string of chart-topping country hits, Dwight Yoakam took to acting in the early 1990s with his most notable role at the time and perhaps to this day as Doyle Hargraves, the ill-tempered and downright awful abusive boyfriend of Linda Wheatley (Natalie Canerday) in Billy Bob Thornton’s Academy Award-winning drama Sling Blade. Yoakam would later portray the psychotic Raoul in David Fincher’s 2002 thriller Panic Room before showing up in movies like Wedding Crashers, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Crank, and most recently Logan Lucky .
Oscar Winners Used to Be Announced Before the Ceremony. During the early years of the Academy Awards, the organization provided newspapers with the names in advance, with the agreement that they would not publish the names until 11 p.m. Of course, then someone had to ruin it for everyone, when The Los Angeles Times broke this rule during the heated 1940 competition, announcing that Gone With the Wind had won before the statue had been handed out. It led to a rule change that stands today. And for more trivia straight from the Dolby, check out these 30 Oscars Telecast Jokes That Totally Bombed.
"Inglourious Basterds." When asked how he got into the violent, baseball bat-wielding mindset of "The Bear Jew", Eli Roth partially attributed his performance to the historically accurate costumes: "Being in wool underwear will make you want to kill anything." He also stated (in a separate interview) that his girlfriend had secretly added some Hannah Montana (2006) music onto his iPod; when he listened to it, it inexplicably made him able to tap into the violent nature of The Bear Jew.