Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie's fascinating relationship only lasted three years—and yet people are still talking about the couple's very public declarations of passion!
In a new interview, Billy Bob, 59, opened up about their marriage, home life and even explained why the couple famously exchanged vials of blood:
"I mean it was a crazy time. I've never been fond of it," he said. "[The] vial of blood is very simple. You know those lockets you buy that are clear and you put a picture of your grannie in and wear it around your neck? She bought two of those. We were apart a lot because she's off making Tomb Raider and I'm making Monster’s Ball."
He continued, "She thought it would be interesting and romantic if we took a little razor blade and sliced our fingers, smeared a little blood on these lockets and you wear it around your neck just like you wear your son or daughter’s baby hair in one. Same thing. From that, we were wearing quart jars of blood around our necks. And we were vampires and we lived in a dungeon."
While the Fargo actor revealed the couple never actually resided in a dungeon, the rumors regarding their home weren't totally misconstrued:
"I mean, it had some basis in fact. We had a basement which I had a recording studio in. So when I tell a journalist I stay down in the dungeon all the time, you know, recording music, they don’t hear 'recording music,' they hear 'dungeon,' you know, because it makes a better story," the actor shared with The Hollywood Reporter.
Billy Bob and Angelina, 39, met while filming 1999's Pushing Tin, but did not begin dating until the actor ended his engagement to Laura Dern and Angelina split from actor/director Timothy Hutton. After a two-month, whirlwind courtship, the couple exchanged 'I Dos' in Las Vegas in 2000 before abruptly separating by summer 2002.
"We had a great time together," the actor recently told ABC's Nightline of Brad Pitt's current wife. "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."