monster's ball

*Billy Bob Thornton is looking back on his epic sex scene with Halle Berry in “Monster’s Ball.”

The actor was supposed to be discussing his current Emmy nomination for “Fargo” at HuffPostLive, but talk turned to his experience filming what has become one of the most popular sex scenes on the Internet.

“It felt so real when we were doing it that [we felt] the heaviness surrounding the circumstances in the story,” Thornton told host Ricky Camilleri. “I think maybe that’s why it comes across so well on screen, because it was two desperate human beings in this moment alone, and we kind of were alone.”

There’s obviously some excitement in filming an intimate moment with one of Hollywood’s sexiest women, but Thornton said because the film was so dark, he felt “pretty exposed” rather than titillated. Still, it was a thrill to work on, he said.

“When I was growing up, I obviously didn’t know who Halle Berry was, but if I had known I would have made sure it happened. I would have written ‘Monster’s Ball’ myself immediately,” he said.