He'd impressed director Terence Malick, not with his CV (at that point just no-count
roles in G I Jane, The Rock and Wyatt Earp plus a jeans modelling gig for Gap) but his soulfulness.
Like that poor woman ain't got troubles of her own with that aggravatin, no-count
husband of hers, and them eight younguns that act like they gone be just like him.
Tripping from bar to banquette to bar, killing the seconds of a sweaty afternoon when the river breeze will not genuflect at the cathedral, when the memories of old Count No-Count
shimmer in the aroma of Dixie-45, Regal, Jax, and Tennessee's fate-burnt bourbon across the square like a Puritan epiphany, when a second-line of jazz fingers their hearts like hands exploring private spaces in the cool of dawn, they fear their secret lives will be drawn and quartered by the moralities of the little theatre, paraded in off-beat mardi gras, never again to know the masque of smoked shadows, the forbidden bonded in hard liquor and blooming like a rose tattoo under the skin, the iron kiss of suddenness breaking the mouth of surprise.
This ethical orientation is reflected in her belief that she is "an upright and Christian woman, burdened with a no-count
man, whom God wanted her to punish" (37),(3) and she rationalizes that her antipathy toward Cholly is sanctified by her God, for "Christ the Judge" demands that she make her husband pay for his transgression.
Although not as important in the literary reconstruction of spoken dialect as grammar, such lexical items as killer-diller, killer, hussie, no-count, doodly-squat, and hootchie-kootchie man were popular during that era.
Annie Eliza considers Scoop "a no-count person," although he became her son Jeremiah's surrogate father while alive and his economic sponsor after death.