Billy Bob: Preaching isn’t popular

Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton says people think he’s “crazy” when he speaks his mind.

The 58-year-old actor has made a name for himself with movie such as 1996’s Sling Blade, for which he was nominated for a best actor Oscar and which won the best writing Academy Award in the same year.

He’s never afraid to say what he thinks, but admits this doesn’t always go down well with others.

“I think it’s a very apathetic period. I think because of the internet, videogames, stuff like that… now it’s not popular to stand up on a soap box and preach to people about what you believe,” he explained to Total Film.

“Now they think you’re crazy if you speak your mind. But I’m doing it anyway.”

These days many celebrities use social networking sites to get their point of view across.

For Billy, these methods are ones he would never think of turning to.

“Twitter and Facebook, and all these things, are making people into blithering idiots,” he ranted.

“I don’t use any of that mess. In the ’60s we would say ‘power to the people’ but that’s not what we meant. We didn’t mean every moron on Earth tweeting into CNN to say what you think!”

The star has had great success as an actor and is currently filming three different films.

However, it wasn’t always the plan of action for Billy.

“I didn’t want to become an actor, I didn’t know anything about it,” he shrugged.

“I wanted to be in a rock’n’roll band, I wanted to pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals football team. I was a baseball player and a musician; that’s all I ever wanted. I was only in the drama class because there were a lot of chicks in there!”

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