Billy Bob Thornton
04/07/2004 AT 04:28 PM EDT
Did you grow up wanting to be at the Alamo?
Yeah, I think everybody did – in my neighborhood, anyway. It was one of the main games we played, and Davy Crockett was sort of more of a cartoon character. The character has always been portrayed that way – you know, this larger than life bear hunter who wore a coonskin hat.
But I always wanted to be Davy Crockett, I used to argue with my brother over it. He always wanted to be Davy Crockett, so finally I let him be Daniel Boone, and he was satisfied.
And you got a tattoo for this movie?
Oh, yeah. Pretty close to the end of filming, I went down to a tattoo parlor in Austin. And you know, I got a bunch of tattoos already. It's not like I need another one, but I felt it would be nice to have a Texas flag on my back that says "Remember the Alamo."
You often get pinned as a bad boy. How do you differ from your reputation?
Well, sometimes I'm not as weird as people would like me to be. You know, I'm a little more normal than they say. So every now and then you have to throw people a bone, you know? Okay, I ate a cat.
Do you ever feel like setting the record straight about stuff that's written about you?
Well, first of all, I actually have never set the record straight. If I set the record straight I'd be talking about people and I won't do that. I've never said anything but good things about any relationship I've had, and frankly, that's all I remember about them.
And you know, I have the utmost respect for my ex-wife. (Angelina) is a very sweet person, and I just talked to her yesterday. She's a wonderful person, a really talented person, and one of my best friends in the world. And that's the reason I have no problem talking about it, because there's nothing, really, that's dirt.
What about when people say that you cheated on her?
I didn't cheat. She knows that.