Billy Bob Thornton is annoyed at the controversy his new movie `Bad Santa has stirred up in his native America, insisting critics would be more relaxed if it were a European film.

The movie, in which the MONSTER'S BALL star playing a sex-crazed, foul-mouthed Santa Claus, has offended some circles, who claim it ruins the image of the Christmas icon.

But Thornton hits back, "They don't know what they're talking about. It's ridiculous. This is a comedy with a few swear words. So what?

"Nobody would pay attention to this in Europe. If this is already controversial, they should stop making movies where people get shot."

27/11/2003 02:49