Billy Bob Gives The CBC An Odd Interview
April 9, 2009 at 5:11 AM (PT)
JOAQUIN, you have competition. In a radio appearance reminiscent of DAVID LETTERMAN's recent interview with actor-turned-rapper JOAQUIN PHOENIX, BILLY BOB THORNTON gave a puzzling and difficult interview WEDNESDAY. THE NEW YORK POST reports that appearing on CBC radio, THORNTON evaded simple questions and criticized the host for mentioning his movie background.
THORNTON appeared on the show with his band, THE BOXMASTERS, who are on tour with WILLIE NELSON. When host JIAN GHOMESHI asked THORNTON when the band formed, THORNTON said: "I don't know what you're talking about."
THORNTON mostly gave brief, sometimes monosyllabic, answers. Asked what music he listened to when he was young, THORNTON spoke about reading the magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland.
The actor took offense when GHOMESHI suggested he was passionate about music. "Would you say that to TOM PETTY?" asked THORNTON. THORNTON eventually made it clear that he was angry with GHOMESHI for his introduction. GHOMESHI began the show introducing the band by focusing on their music and prodigious output in less than two years. He did, though, introduce THORNTON as an "Oscar-winning screenwriter, actor and director."
"You were instructed not to talk about ... like that," said THORNTON, using an expletive.