Well this is…special. TMZ photographers caught up with Billy Bob Thornton in Los Angeles, and the actor was kind enough to stop and give thorough answers to a few questions. Unfortunately, one of the questions was extremely gross and will probably haunt our dreams for a spell.
Most people were of the opinion that Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie were an odd match during their three-year marriage. Unfortunately, Billy Bob was one of those people, and it pretty much ruined everything. “She has one way she wanted to live her life and I had another way to live mine,” Thornton tells ABC’s Nightline in an episode set to air tonight. “I was just too insecure.” Of course, the non-stop gossip about the couple’s 20-year age difference and, uh, relative attractiveness didn’t help matters either. According to The Informers actor, he felt “like the Phantom of the Opera hiding in the catacombs” compared to Jolie. “People actually said that I didn’t deserve to be with her,” Billy Bob shares. Oh boy…were we one of those people? Jeez, we’re sorry. All those Phantom of the Opera jokes were just too good to pass up!
This kind of explains why Thornton and Jolie are shockingly amicable for ex-spouses. Angie penned the introduction to Billy Bob’s recent memoir, in which she praises him, saying “He has an unmatchable wit and can make you laugh until your face hurts.” Similarly Billy Bob lauded Jolie when she was directing her first film In the Land of Blood and Honey. “She’s real smart, and very creative, and I think it’s a great job for her,” he said. Admits Thornton in his interview, “We had a great marriage and I chickened out because I didn’t feel good enough. That’s all that happened. It was no big deal, we never hated each other.” We can’t help but feel partially responsible for this…which means we are kind of partially responsible for Angie ending up with Brad Pitt. You’re welcome, everyone! Except Billy Bob! Again, so sorry about that!
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Love is a beautiful thing … most of the time. But sometimes there are those couples that just sketch you out. Whether they wear vials of each other’s blood around their necks, sell their children to reality TV, or just overdo it with the PDA, some duos don’t fill you with that warm and fuzzy feeling! The rumors of Bobbi Kristina Brown’s hookup with her adopted brother Nick Gordon is just the latest in a long line of celebrity couples that give us the willies. Love is blind, but watching these sketchy couples sometimes made us wish we were, too. Check out the rest in the gallery below!
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Some people talk about being good friend’s with their exes but we’ve always wondered how true those statements really are. Then we look at Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton and realize that their relationship actually hasn’t been exaggerated. They are are close. So much so that Angelina has written the foreword to Billy Bob’s new memoir, The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts. Considering they divorced back in 2003, in a world where splits can be quite acrimonious, we think that the gesture is quite something. He also has other famous buddies involved with the book, in the form of “commentary by Robert Duvall, Dwight Yoakam and Tom Epperson.”
Of course, the National Enquirer has been claiming that this spells trouble for Brad Pitt and Angie, and that she “plans to reunite with ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton.” The tabloid even goes as far as to claim that Brad ran out of a restaurant in Berlin, bawling because he found out that Billy and Angie had plans to meet up at the Berlin International Film Festival. Brad Pitt. Bawling. Angie. The evil woman who breaks hearts for breakfast. Who really believes in this bunch of hokum? It’s just a book, guys.
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We know baseball isn’t normally covered here at TheFABlife, but Billy Bob Thornton‘s passionate declaration of support for former Red Sox manager Terry “Tito”Francona was too good not to post. The actor is a huge baseball geek and St. Louis Cardinals fan (OMG, last night’s game!), and when we caught up with him at the Puss in Boots premiere he defended the fallen manager from critics who blame him for the Red Sox’s demise this season. “I think he’s a great manager,” the actor told us. “I think he got a raw deal in the press.”
For those of you not caught up with your sports drama: Francona is a fan favorite who led the team to two World Series wins in the last decade. But his record was tarnished by this season’s colossal collapse, in which the Sox blew a 9-game lead in September and failed to make the playoffs. Rumors of beer-drinking in the dugout during games and general slacking off by players only further infuriated fans, and Terry left his post (or was pushed out by team management) a couple days after the season ended. Since Tito’s departure everything from his marital issues to alleged prescription drug habits have been mentioned as a reason for the team’s failings. But Billy Bob has come to the manager’s defense! See what the Oscar-winning actor has to say about Francona in our interview above.
And here we thought Billy Bob Thornton was just a creepy old weirdo who publicly confessed to a fear of silverware. Don’t get us wrong; he is definitely still all those things, but he’s also turned into the nicest ex-husband a gorgeous A-lister could ever hope for. Even more surprisingly, it turns out Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob are still friends. “We talk every now and then. She seems to be doing very well directing her own movie, which I am so proud of her for.” Aw! That is so sweet, we’re almost not scared of running into Billy Bob alone in some dark alley at night. We said almost. We’re not stupid.
Continued Thornton, “I always thought she should do that, writing and directing. She’s real smart, and very creative, and I think it’s a great job for her.” So that’s what happens when you break up with Angelina Jolie. She becomes a radiant goddess with a bazillion dollars and her own private child army, while you turn into a piece of human beef jerky covered in hair. We just hope when we’re huge superstars married to Brad Pitt, our starter husbands will be half as gracious.
While most of us would agree that it’s a stretch to still describe baseball as being Our National Pastime™, there’s little sense denying that every playoff baseball game played during the month of October is laden with the kind of dramatic tension that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand at attention. This post, however, is not really about celebrating the magic and mystery of America’s most revered professional sport. Rather, it’s about the celebrities who trot themselves out to the pitcher’s mound before games to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
First, the facts: Every single Major League Baseball team plays 81 home games during the course of the season. This means that the poor public relations department of each team has to come up with 81 different ways to get the crowd excited before a game. In some of baseball’s larger markets, teams draw upon their access to a range of different celebrities, a list that runs the gamut from Hollywood’s A-List to downtrodden reality television flameouts, to get their fans excited over a long and often monotonous season. So we here at TheFABLife thought you would get a kick out of seeing celebs of all magnitudes — most of whom are not exactly known for their athletic abilities — attempting to throw a baseball sixty feet and six inches. So, if you pardon the expression, who throws like a girl and who throws like someone who could be called up to The Show? Now’s the time to find out. Play ball!
As if Billy Bob “Don’t Talk About My Acting Career, I’m a Musician Now” Thornton’s life wasn’t dramatic enough, the sad news today is that his estranged eldest daughter, Amanda Brumfield, was indicted yesterday in connection with the death of a 1-year-old child in her care. Brumfield, 29, is being held on the charges of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter in connection with the death of a friend’s child she was babysitting last October in Ocoee, Florida. While she first claimed the child fell and hit her head, the medical examiner determined the death to be a homicide after discovering a skull fracture and additional brain injury. She is currently being held without bail in the Orange County, Florida jail.
Brumfield is Thornton’s daughter from his first marriage with Melissa Gatlin and his publicist has said that Thornton has had no contact with her recently. [Source: People; Photo: Getty Images]
While most of us reacted to Billy Bob Thornton‘s grumpy CBC radio interview with amusement (Tom Petty didn’t make Sling Blade, dude), many Canadians weren’t happy to hear he thought the nation’s country fans were “mashed potatoes with no gravy — they just sort of sit there. And it doesn’t matter what you say to them.” Rather that sitting still during his band’s opening set for Willie Nelson in Toronto last night, the audience booed the Boxmasters until Bad Santa explained, if not apologized for, his assholery.
Boo all you want, but I want to say something…. We’re really happy to be here, but I need to say something. I talked to this a–hole yesterday. I sat down and talked with this guy. He and his producers say, “We promise you we won’t [discuss your acting].” The very first thing they said was that.
I don’t really like sensationalism. If you look someone in the eyes and promise them something, and you don’t do it, you don’t get the interview. That’s the way it goes.
The fans’ response to his plea for respect? “Here comes the gravy!” and more boos. Thornton claimed before the show that his comments were targeted towards interviewer Jian Ghomeshi, not audiences, but no one’s buying it. If he doesn’t apologize for real at the band’s show in Montreal tonight, someone may really bring the gravy.
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Billy Bob showed up to do an interview with CBC host Jian Ghomeshi on his show “Q” and had nothing but bizarre, unrelated, hostile answers to Jian’s questions.
Things started off on the wrong foot when Jian introduced Billy Bob as an “Oscar-winning screenwriter, actor and director,” at which Billy Bob rolled his eyes.
Then Billy Bob proceeded to answer most of the questions about his own band, the Boxmasters, with “I don’t know” or “I don’t know, maybe.”
He then answered a question about his musical influences by describing a model building contest he participated in as a child.
Now he just needs a beard and ambitions to turn into a rap star.