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Though they divorced in 2003, Angelina Jolie will always have a special place in Billy Bob Thornton's heart.

The 55-year-old Faster star, who was married to the Tourist actress for three years, recently admitted he still keeps in touch with 35-year-old mom of six.

"We talk every now and then," Thornton told Hollywood Life. "She seems to be doing very well directing her own movie, which I am so proud of her for."

Not that Jolie's directorial debut didn't have its setbacks: in October, the Bosnian government temporarily banned her from filming because no screenplay was attached to the application, as required by law.

And though the movie hasn't been released yet, Jolie has already earned Thornton's stamp of approval.

"I always thought she should do that, writing and directing," Thornton said. "She's real smart, and very creative, and I think it's a great job for her."