“I blew my marriage to Angelina. I thought I was not good enough for her and I was too insecure,” said Billy
Thornton, who was married to Jolie from 2000-2003, also spoke about how being married to an actor is difficult given the constant separations.
“Marriage is not easy. If the guy is, say, a plumber and his wife works at a flower shop, both working 9am to 5pm and seeing each other every day, those marriages are hard enough. But being on the road, away from home, makes it more difficult,” said Thornton.
“If you are an actor, even doing a Disney movie or cartoon voices, you could still be away from each other for six months.
“Look how it applied to me. I go away and do a film like Monster’s Ball (2001) with a very explicit sex scene with Halle Berry. She is one of the most beautiful women in the world and I am talking on the phone to my wife, (Angelina) and she says:’What have you been doing today?’
“And I say: ‘Oh, I did that sex scene with Halle Berry.’ You are then asked if you actually touch her. I say: ‘I had to — it’s in the scene.’
“Go back to that guy who is a plumber and he asks what his wife did for lunch. She says: ‘I went out with Harold.’ He says: ‘Who’s he?’ She says: ‘The guy who puts flowers in the pots.’
“See? That’s already hard, with areas of doubt. But if you are a thousand miles from home on a film set simulating sex with a beautiful woman, it’s even tougher.”
The five-times married Thornton also spoke about how he should never have married at 18, nor fathered a daughter at such a young age (his eldest daughter, Amanda, is 34).
“It happens a lot in the American south. I got drunk one night, went bowling and ended up married,” he said.
“And perhaps I never did learn the lesson on marriage since I’ve been married and divorced five times.”
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