"As interviews go, this one wasn't heavy lifting. Quite the opposite. Spending thirty minutes in conversation with the actor Thomas Haden Church is more like play than work - because he's so much more interesting than his smart-alecky, towel-snappy demeanor would lead you to think, so much smarter and more thoughtful, so much nicer, funnier, more genuine, less self-aggrandizing. Which is to say, so much less of a Hollywood stereotype and so much more of the kind of person we all want out in the world who's associated with Texas, with our Texas, the kind who represents the state's best, puts on and wears proudly its happiest and kindest and most charming face. You know him, surely, from the two biggest successes of his career: just out of the box, new to show business, as dumb-as-a-wrench mechanic in the TV show Wings and, later, in his Academy Award-nominated performance opposite Paul Giamatti in the critically acclaimed film Sideways. Over the years he's also checked the blockbuster box, as a villain in the third Spiderman film, and has been nominated for an Emmy, for his supporting part alongside Robert Duvall in the TV movie Broken Trail. Playing in Westerns like that one and 1993's Tombstone should come naturally to 49-year-old Church, who lives on and works a ranch in the Hill Country and grew up all over Texas. Raised in Laredo, he's a graduate of Harlingen High School and the University of North Texas in Denton, where he got his start doing voiceover work. After twenty years on screens of various sizes, he's a familiar and comforting and, yes, entertaining presence - someone you root for no matter if he's playing the good guy, the bad guy, or something in between." - Evan Smith, Texas Monthly Talks, Broadcast 04.15.10

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