By People Staff
October 17, 2005 12:00 PM

Bill Paxton

The Twister and Titanic actor, 50, takes his second swing at directing (after 2002’s Frailty) with The Greatest Game Ever Played, the true story of the 1913 U.S. Open golf championship.

ON ACTING VS. DIRECTING My heart is in both. I love performing, and I love camera work. When I was a kid I wanted to be Buster Keaton. Then it was Clint Eastwood—he got to a point and started making his own films.

ON HIS NICKNAME “WILD BILL” I did the [1983] movie The Lords of Discipline in London, and I wasn’t married. I was having a good time. So the director nicknamed me Wild Bill. As an actor, I’ve become more like Mild Bill. But as a director, I’ve become Wild Bill again. Every day is a battle.

ON GROWING UP WITH GOLF I grew up next to a golf course. All my adventures were played out there. I made extra money there. I hunted for golf balls in the brush and I’d sell them.

ON HIS OWN GAME It’s not good at all. I should take some lessons.