The couple, who were known for such stunts as wearing vials of each other's blood and practically going at it on the red carpet, divorced shortly after Jolie adopted her first son Maddox three years into their marriage. Now Thornton is using the relationship as fodder for his next film project.
"Here's the fact of the matter: Any time you're in a high-profile relationship, you know that that question is going to come up forever. And so if you want the honest-to-God truth, here's the truth: Angelina's a wonderful woman and one of my best friends in the world," Thornton told press at the Berlin Film Festival.
"When people split up, people like to make up stories about how they are against each other. Well, this was never true, it never has been and never will be, and I'll love her until the end of my life and she'll love me -- as friends."
But Thornton's movie plans may put the brakes on that friendship. He is currently penning a screenplay tentatively titled And Then We Drove -- a story his producer Alexander Rodnyansky confirmed is based on the Monster's Ball actor's relationship with Jolie.
"I found the story amazing. It's a pretty new combination of genres to put into one movie," said Rodnyansky. "It's based on his personal experiences in many ways."
Thornton explained the film is about "a guy who's on a road trip and picks up this girl along the way, and what happens to them. It's about the question of life: 'What is this? Where do I fit in?'"
He probably doesn't fit into Jolie's iPhone contact list anymore, that's for sure.
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