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He may be best known for his starring roles in films like Independence Day, Spaceballs, and While You Were Sleeping, but these days Bill Pullman is busy growing a second career: A rancher and an exotic–fruit farmer, Pullman now splits his time between his Los Angeles fruit orchard, his Montana cattle ranch, and, of course, his work on the big screen.
GL: Has ranching changed the way you cook and eat?
BP: We enjoy eating the single–source beef we raise and feel secure about what went into the raising of the cattle. We now prefer the leaner beef we get from our grass–fed cows and don’t miss the marbling that comes from stockyard–fed cows.
GL: If you had to choose just one profession for the rest of your life, which would it be—acting or ranching?
BP: Acting continues to be the juice and the nutrients I need to feel fully alive. Agriculture focuses my downtime and allows me to wipe the slate clean between roles.
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