Billy Bob Thornton suits up in Montreal for ‘Bad Santa 2’

Pop Goes The News — Billy Bob Thornton suited up Monday morning to shoot scenes in Montreal for the highly anticipated sequel Bad Santa 2.

It has been 13 years since the 60-year-old actor showed up on screen as naughty con man Willie.

The follow-up, directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls) started shooting in Montreal last week and is scheduled for release on Nov. 23.

The comedy, which is set in Chicago, also has Tony Cox returning as Marcus and a grown-up Brett Kelly as Thurman Merman.

Joining the cast are Oscar winner Kathy Bates and Mad Men star Christina Hendricks.


Both Cox and Bates were on location Monday with Thornton. The three were filmed collecting donations outside a church.

Montreal actress Cristina Rosato will appear in the film as well.

Thornton previously worked in Canada on the first season of the TV series Fargo and  the film Cut Bank (both shot in Alberta) and he made 1999’s Pushing Tin in Toronto.

Bad Santa opened in fifth place in 2003 and went on to earn a modest $76.5 million worldwide but the film became a cult classic thanks to home video.

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