"But [he] thought, Well, jeez, you can't just hire the first person you see.
So my assumption was, 'Well, that didn't go well.' But whatever.
There's even a valuable artifact of sports memorabilia: a boxing glove signed by Buster Douglas, the man famous for his shocking defeat of world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in 1990.
(Wild West Picture Show Productions, Billingsley's company with actor and longtime friend Vince Vaughn, is currently developing a feature film of Douglas' life story.) But that's all standard movie producer ephemera, similar to dozens of other well-appointed offices of filmmaking types that litter the Los Angeles area.
"This was long before Macaulay Culkin or the Disney [Channel] kids," he says. She thought, They're cute, maybe they'll get a picture for a scrapbook or something to show their kids one day.
So when it took off [for me], if anything, my parents were like, 'Jeez, we're sorry. This is not what we had anticipated at all.'"But Billingsley wanted to keep acting, so his parents dutifully kept flying out with him to L. for auditions — including one for A Christmas Story's co-writer-director Bob Clark (Porky's, Breaking Point).
That would be a miniature version of the infamous "leg lamp" from A Christmas Story, one of the most beloved holiday movies of all time.
"This was a real little grinder kind of indie [film]," he says with affection. Nobody wanted to fund it, this period movie about a BB gun."It is important to me that I was not raised in Los Angeles," he says."I had brothers and sisters and did chores and had to pick up the dog crap in the yard and mow the lawn and do all the normal things that kids have to do." Billingsley says his mother didn't really even think of acting as a career for her children, all of whom worked at least a little in showbiz — it was more like a hobby that could serve as a kind of time capsule of their childhoods.18, 1983, while the film has irrevocably shaped his life, it hasn't consumed it. "I actually do remember auditioning for it," Billingsley says of A Christmas Story, surprised to even be able to recall it over three decades later.He had already been working as an actor since he was 2½.