Billy Bob Thornton thinks he's a ''hermit''.

The 58-year-old actor admits he rarely goes out to socialise with his friends and insists the next event he'll be attending is the Emmy awards at the end of August.

Speaking to USA Today newspaper, he said: ''I don't get out much. The next time I'll be out will be at the Emmys. I'm kind of a hermit. I only have about seven friends.''

The hunky star will be attending the event, held in Los Angeles, in the hope of picking up the best actor award after being nominated for his role in 'Fargo', but he admits most of his friends haven't even seen the movie.

He explained: ''Most of them have probably never seen 'Fargo'. They're happy for you, too. It's good not just for yourself, but the people around you. It's nice for my mum. She'll be thrilled, and my kids.''

Meanwhile, Billy Bob won't be shouting his success from any social networking sites as he insists he doesn't use Facebook and Twitter because he's not an ''idiot''.

He said previously: ''Twitter and Facebook, and all these things, are making people into blithering idiots. I don't use any of that mess. In the '60s we would say 'power to the people' but that's not what we meant.''