Actor and filmmaker Billy Bob Thornton
has joined the line up of speakers at Asia Society Southern California’s U.S.-China Entertainment Summit, which takes place Tuesday at the Skirball Cultural Center.
Thornton will take the stage for a conversation with this year’s honoree, acclaimed Chinese actor, writer, director and producer Xu Zheng
. Thornton is well-known to U.S. audiences for a body of work that includes his Academy Award-nominated performances in Sling Blade
and A Simple Plan
. Xu is one of China’s most popular and influential contemporary film figures, whose movies have had commercial success as well as social impact.
“Billy is the perfect choice to pair with the brilliant performer and filmmaker Xu Zheng for his introduction to a North American audience,” Janet Yang
, Chair of the Entertainment Summit, said in a statement. “He matches Xu not only in professional stature, but in their seemingly