Tommy Lee Jones On Romance And Relationships: ‘They’re Boring’

Dusten Carlson - Author

Jun. 15 2013, Updated 9:07 p.m. ET

Despite his starring role in an upcoming romantic comedy about a couple trying re-ignite their marriage, actor Tommy Lee Jones finds long-term romantic relationships … well … kind of boring, really.

Tommy Lee Jones co-stars with Meryl Streep in the new romantic comedy Hope Springs about a middle-aged couple attending an intense, week-long couples therapy session in order to put the spark back into their 30-year marriage, according to IMDb. The subjects of romance and relationships came up in a recent interview, and Jones spilled the beans concerning his interest in the film and his thoughts on long-term relationships.

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“The movie is about real things. That was appealing,” Jones said in an interview with My San Antonio. “People in long-term relationships get bored and frustrated while they’re dependent on one another at the same time, and get into a rut. It happens to everybody. And this movie is about how funny that can be.”

Co-star Meryl Streep jumped in to soften Jones’s comments some: “And about the possibilities,” Streep adds. “The hope – ‘Hope Springs’ – that there is a way to reignite a conversation in a marriage, or a connection.”

So Tommy Lee Jones isn’t a hopeless romantic. So what?

For inspiration in his role, he definitely has plenty of personal experience to pull from. Tommy Lee Jones is currently on his third wife, according to The Examiner. His current wife is Dawn Laurel, who is about 20 years his junior. They’ve been married since 2000. His previous wives were Katherine Lardner and Kimberlea Cloughley. He was married to Lardner for seven years and Cloughley for fifteen.

Do you agree with Tommy Lee Jones? Do long-term relationships get boring and lose some of their romance? Sound off!


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