Billy Bob Thornton never wanted to be an actor

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February 22nd, 2014

Billy Bob Thornton didn't want to be an actor.

The 'Monsters Ball' star has been acting for four decades now and has appeared alongside fellow actors including Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck in films such as 'Armageddon' but claims he never dreamed of becoming an actor when he was child, but rather inspired to be a musician or a sportsman.

He told Total Film magazine: ''I didn't want to become an actor, I didn't know anything about it. I wanted to be in a rock'n'roll band, I wanted to pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. I was a baseball player and a musician; that's all I ever wanted.''

The 58-year-old actor who has been married five times - including a two-year marriage to his 'Pushing Tin' co-star Angelina Jolie - also admitted that he first got into acting so he could meet women.

He added: ''I was only in the drama class because there were a lot of chicks in there!''

Thornton - who is originally from Arkansas in the southern United States - also spoke about an acting class he took when he was younger and said the teachers predicted he would be successful.

He said: ''In 1980, we went to California, and I got in an acting class there and the acting teacher told me the same thing that my drama teacher had told me in the 12th grade. He said, ''I really believe you're going to be standing on the stage with a statue in your hand one day.'''