Billy Bob Thornton on ‘Oprah’s Master Class’: ‘Everybody Wants to See Failure’ (Exclusive Video)

The actor opens up about his journey to success and the perils of today’s society on Sunday’s episode of “Oprah’s Master Class”

Recently Emmy-nominated actor, Billy Bob Thornton shares some never-before-told thoughts about life, fame and his past relationships, including growing up in a small Arkansas town and advice about keeping the artist inside alive on Sunday’s episode of “Oprah’s Master Class.”

In TheWrap‘s exclusive clip, Thornton explains why he thinks life is magical, and why he can’t embrace TV’s glut of competition shows.

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“Everybody wants to see failure,” Thornton explains of society’s fascination with competition.  “They want to see people knocked off the hill.”

Something as basic as cupcakes can’t be left alone, and a simple show about baking has to be turned into a “war,” he says, in reference to the Food Network’s competition show, “Cupcake Wars.”

“And I’m sure people who have been in war kind of take offense to that,” he says with a grin. “Because, seriously, it’s not that goddam dangerous to make a cupcake.”

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So what changes does Thornton want to see to counteract this problem? “I guess I’m just really ready for people to kind of settle down and know each other again and root for each other,” he shares.

“You know, there’s a lot of great stuff in life from the top to the bottom and from the left to the right,” Thornton says. “Life is magical, and I guess my thing is I wish that people wanted that magic.”

“Oprah’s Master Class” with Billy Bob Thornton airs Sunday, July 20 at 10/9c on OWN.