Billy Bob Thornton thinks he’s Tom Petty

April 9th, 2009 // 169 Comments

 

Like a two-year-old who didn’t get a Happy Meal, Billy Bob Thornton pouted his way through an interview yesterday on Canadian public radio where he was promoting his band The Boxmasters. The host Jian Ghomeshi apparently made the mistake of introducing Billy Bob as an actor when THE ACTOR only wanted to be introduced as a musician. He became an immediate joy after that. The AP reports:

When the host, Jian Ghomeshi, asked Thornton when the band formed, Thornton said “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Thornton mostly gave monosyllabic answers and took offense at questions about his influences. Said the actor: “Would you ask Tom Petty that?”

You gotta love the balls on Billy Bob Thornton. I mean, he actually thinks anyone would care about his band if he wasn’t the guy from Mr. Woodock or The Astronaut Farmer. — Okay, I’m starting to see why he wanted to keep that on the down low…

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  1. Que

    Que lame.

  2. sassy, not classy

    frist?

  3. Natalie

    What a baby..this sure changes my impression of BBT. Not that i was ever a great fan or anything but now whenever if hear of him..this will be what i will think about…

  4. JC Flash

    What a piece of shit…. Go back to acting Woodcock!

  5. Ummm… yes..yes she would ask Petty about his influences, dumbass.

  6. Jeff W.

    What a vile, arrogant person. To believe that anyone cares about music that sounds like Mike Nesmith cira 1970 is delusional. To be so disrespectful to the interviewer is the height of narcissism. I only wish that the interviewer had ended the interview immediately stating, “Nobody gives a shit about your music and if you’re unwilling to talk about other aspects of your life than this interview is over.”

  7. ew hes

    Icky.

  8. JofaMang

    The Host (Jian Gomeshi) is a fantastic interviewer and really showed his skills by sticking with the interview, even managing to slip in a truce over BBT childishness.

    I listen to his show very often, and happened to be listening when this was aired. Great Stuff~

  9. Galtacticus

    Holaha!

  10. IKE

    This guy is an IDIOT!
    Does he think we’d want to buy his crap now? Way to end his band’s “career” before it starts. The other guys should kick him out of the group.

  11. Rhialto

    Pretty hilarious non-fake interview! Straight from da heart. Anyway,where’s my babe?

  12. sheana

    wow, he really REALLY thinks he’s all that. OMFG.

  13. missywissy

    Oh jeez. This is another fucking Joaquin Phoenix. What a shit act. Is this guy that desperate for attention that he would steal an act from Joaquin? I mean, these are simple questions and he’s putting off like he doesn’t comprehend. How the fuck do guys like this comprehend AN ENTIRE SCRIPT but they can’t answer something simple like “how long has your band been together?” I think he showed (besides being a shit actor) complete disrespect to the DJ who took the time from his schedule to interview this schmuck and disrespect of people that took the time to listen to this interview. Does he think this act is going to sell albums????

    or……

    The syphillis that Angelina Jolie gave him is in it’s final phase.

  14. Darth

    I’m curious what their music is like.Any clips?

  15. man, some of his responses totally reminded me of Eugene Levy in A Mighty Wind.

    i mean, what was that whole monster movie contest thing about?

  16. AteIsEnough

    OK, this person Billy-Bob, or fuckin’ Chucky-Cheese or whatever the fuck is not much of an actor OR musician. What an arrogant, ignorant prick for acting the way he did in this interview. He shoud have been kissing ass for actually getting some air time and publicity for his shit work. What an ASSHOLE!!

  17. It’s sad how I have to spread awareness to liberals. Now that you have a HNIC you feel “hope” but not realize that he is the fall boy for a bigger machine. This entity will have the homo erectus move to your neighborhoods and populate. Then they will sell drugs and poison you and you sons. Later in your stupor you will miss while they mate with your daughter and rape your wife. When you come to, 4 years have passed and your home is worth 150K less, you are in rehab, and you have a mongrel living in your home. You can relax in your gated community with the busted gate and shabby weeds and wonder what the fuck happened, but the mistake happened when you had faith in a nigger.

    Enjoy your “change”…

  18. Right Fury

    Ahh whatever. Jian sounds like a tool and his intro was pretty insulting. BBT is no doubt an A-hole but this is awesome. It seems likes it’s bit joachim pheonix style but whatever.

    No one does care about that music, but this vid is getting more publicity=more album sales. BBT knows exactly what he’s doing.

  19. Grace

    What a douchebag. Way to go, Woodcock – insult people who have paid to see you and your relatively unknown band perform. This interviewer did a great job, despite dealing with an insolent, arrogant hillbilly.

  20. Gando

    We don’t know what happened before the interview.Maybe he got a parking ticket?

  21. Just more proof that Billy Bog is a douche

  22. Dane

    That old fuck must still be sore about Angelina Jolie leaving him.

  23. chupacabra

    What a ploy to get people to show up to his motherfucking concerts. If it weren’t for him giving this terrible interview, no one, and I mean NO ONE would even KNOW about this shitty fucking band.

    Well, played, assface.

  24. michelle

    what a dick

  25. Jigobar

    Man, Billy Bob is a dick.. All I have to say. John G has had SOOOO many guests that are way more high profile and famous than him and he thinks he is king shit. Guess again…

  26. Strider

    Something else is going on. There are way too many camera shots and angles in the video. I could see one camera being in the studio, but watch the video again and see how many angles and edits there are.

  27. Jeff W.

    Obama (17), I am enjoying my “change” thank you very much. Every day I turn on the television and see Obama I am so thankful that we finally have a pro-science, intellectual human being in the White House who doesn’t base his decisions on magic and superstition. I suppose you’re disappointed that the vapid hillbilly, Plain isn’t vp but don’t worry she might run for president in 2016 after Obama ends his second term. Enjoying the change? Hell yeah!

  28. Billy Bob and his music sux!

    OK, so I actually sat through the entire 13 min and all I kept thinking was what an arrogant shit this guy is.

    Then I went on iTunes to sample the music, and let me say this: there is a good reason why they play in those shady little bars where fights break out, and it’s not b/c they are unique and cater to a small and refined crowd.

    The music is hillbilly honky tonk through and through (seriously, sounds exactly like Willie Nelson), which is another good reason why nobody has developed music within this genre over the past 30 yrs.

  29. Galtacticus

    How about dr.Phil being the next to interview Billy Bob Thornton? I’ll be watching this time!

  30. Huh Jeff?

    So Jeff, how have you benefited personally?

  31. Britney

    Get off the weed BBT!!!

  32. Newcastle

    I think the DJ did an incredibly good job of dealing with such a fucking arrogant A-hole. Billy Bob has lost his shit!

  33. Harmon Meeks

    I really like this host Jian Ghomeshi. Billy bob is a butthole.

  34. wet newspaper

    Has anyone ever seen a more enthusiastic bunch of musicians?!

    Arrogant plonker is intoxicated with his own magnificence.

    The interviewer did a fantastic job of taking the high road with that useless waste of skin.

    Oh I don’t haul my drums around at 6am – well fuck, Billy Bawb, are you in a band or not. That’s what bands do, it’s part of the gig. Diva.

    Agreed the band should drop his sorry arse.

  35. canadian

    i actually hear this interview when it aired and was really taken aback by some of this asshole’s comments. so glad that you’ve put it up here so that more of the world can hear it! he deserves the bad press.
    maybe canadian audiences are making a STATEMENT about your show when we show you a lack of enthusiasm!

  36. PWard

    I saw Billy Bob open for Elvis Costello. He stinks. He should be happy to be introduced as an actor since the acting money is the only reason he was able to bankroll his fantasy of being a musician.

  37. I got the douchechillz from the unintended humor of this interview…

  38. Jeff W.

    #31. Are you kidding me? How about instead I ask you how you benefitted under Bush? Seriously, name one positive thing he did that didn’t screw up scientific progress, harm the environment, destroy social programs, kill American soldiers, wreck the economy, cause massive unemployment, and make America hated around the world? How have I benefitted from Obama? I’ve benefitted from watching an intelligent, articulate president who doesn’t base decisions on the bible begin to reverse all of the damage the worst president in history just caused. It might take him 8 years but already there are signs of improvement everywhere. I cannot believe that any human being would’ve wanted a McCain/Palin ticket unless you never graduated from high school.

  39. Jeff

    #31. Are you kidding me? How about instead I ask you how you benefitted under Bush? Seriously, name one positive thing he did that didn’t screw up scientific progress, harm the environment, destroy social programs, kill American soldiers, wreck the economy, cause massive unemployment, and make America hated around the world? How have I benefitted from Obama? I’ve benefitted from watching an intelligent, articulate president who doesn’t base decisions on the bible begin to reverse all of the damage the worst president in history just caused. It might take him 8 years but already there are signs of improvement everywhere. I cannot believe that any human being would’ve wanted a McCain/Palin ticket unless you never graduated from high school.

  40. Billy Boob

    HAH HAHAH HA. what an ass.

    i actually saw the band at a private event and it was sort of okay, for like a high school band. the funny part was that everyone walked out after eating and only about 30 ppl were left for his show and they were old drunk ppl. i kept giving him a bored, dirty look when i went by in support of Team Angelina. now i’m glad i did cuz what a douche burglar.

  41. Stuntman

    This is just a stunt to get BBT’s shit music on the radar. It’s ‘Toxic’ PR using this poor sap as the ‘host’ for the parasite to feed off of.

  42. Noisy Ninja

    The entire interview plus the song they played can be downloaded at cbc radio’s website. http://www.cbc.ca/q/pastepisodes.html

  43. suzeee

    Wow and his bandmates looked whipped. The DJ did a great job and probably shook his head and called him a dick before he even left the studio. Check out the boxmasters website….soooo lame.

    Billy Bob suits his name, sounds like a toddler from the trailer park.
    Hey other boxmasters drop BBT and you might, I said might, make it in the music biz.

  44. Still White on the Outside

    Dearest Jeff,
    You poor, poor soul you. So you’re saying you agree with:

    AIG bailouts/bonus system that geitner/obama knew about
    GM bailouts
    Cap and Trade
    Defense cuts (the F-22 lost 90,000 jobs at lockheed!!! I thought Obama was creating jobs?)

    You can’t use the “err bush is dumb” defense anymore. It’s played, It’s over, don’t use it anymore. Obama is dumb. he took YOUR money and handed to AIG execs. You AGREE with that? It’s sad that nothing sticks to teflon boy no matter what he does to you.

  45. Eleanor

    @ #27
    Nothing’s going on. I listen to Q a lot and heard this interview when it aired live. There are only two changes since then. One is that this video skips over the band’s performance and goes straight to the goodbyes. The second is that when Jian first says thanks for coming in, nobody answers him. This clip skips straight to Jian’s second thanks, straight to Billy Bob, the one which Billy responds to.

  46. Dude

    Does anyone not think maybe he’s hopped up on some drugs and it is just plain out of it?

  47. Chins McJuggs

    Didn’t look like a stunt to me, but it’s possible. (If it was a stunt it’s a career-harming stunt.) Looks to me like “Billy Bob” is about as immature as a guy in his fifties can be. His behavior was passive aggressive. I always thought he was a jerk and now I know he is. (Wasn’t he accused of physically abusing ex-wife, model Pietra Cherniak? Why have attractive women like Pietra and Angelina gone for this ugly piece of white trash?)

  48. Conservative Underground

    #39

    Everyone benefitted under Bush. He got us out of the Clinton recession with tax cuts, unemployment was at an all time low for most of his terms, we basically won the war on terror, and kept anymore terrorist attacks from happening on US soil.

    And for your typical preprogrammed liberal accusations of “Bush destroyed the Environment” and “Bush wrecked social programs”, you have no basis or clue, which is typical for your ilk.

    No environmental laws changed from the time Clinton was in office and destroyed American industry & manufacturing with all the needless environmental restrictions put in place to when Bush was president. Don’t forget, Bush didn’t have a filibuster proof senate, so none of his conservative plans which would’ve helped even more were put in place because anti-American socialists shitbags like Ted F’n Kennedy and John Kerry, etc filibustered everything that passed. Bush was a very bi-partisan president, which got him into trouble because he did instill alot of democrat/liberal policies that led to the convenient economic recession right before the elections.

    Btw, there is no economic recession or depression, the stock market was manipulated by communist and muslim terrorists with global communist gov’t aspirations. George Souros and Muslim terrorist countries systematically dumped stock over a short period of time, and the liberal media created fear and panic because they know that alot of braindead Americans, mostly the liberals, believe everything they see on CNN and MSNBC. Quite sad actually.

    Don’t worry, there is a huge underground conservative movement sweeping the nation right now, and in 2010 and 2012 this little socialist hippy experiment will be over, and there will be finite proof why blacks shouldn’t be in control of anything, because they lack the brain capacity needed for responsible and intelligent behavior and decision making.

    All I’ve seen the new president do is spend more money in 3 months than Bush did in 8 years, and apologize to muslim terrorists for defending ourselves.

  49. billybob

    i call bs, This was definitely a set up. What radio show has 4 cameras in the room to do a radio interview? and the other band members just sit there and act like its no big deal?

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