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. Eleanor

    Q has four cameras because Q is a youtube show as well as a radio show. I heard the interview when it aired live, the only editing done was to skip over the band’s performance and go straight to the goodbyes.

  2. canada

    Stop the conspiracy theories. The reason there are a few cameras in the room is because this is a national “flagship” show on Canadian public radio that wastes a bunch of money making “Q TV” (i.e. taping every show and putting it on their website as a webisode). Every interview is taped like this. Especially when there is a live in-studio performance.

  3. Still White on the Outside

    I’m sorry Jeff, I had a hair up my ass when I wrote that. And of course by “hair” I mean my fingers. Look, we so-called conservatives realize that Bush was a disaster, seriously we do. We realize that he stole the two elections he ran in and that he expanded the size of government to an ungodly size, mortgaged our future to the Chinese by making them our credit card to pay for the wars we’re waging, and openly held hands with Saudi Prince Fukkya, but none of that is important now. Stop living in the past. I will bring up historical quips when it suits me and decry your tactics when you do the same. I will expect the world to change in 75 days just because I want Obama to fail. I will expect that the same brash brand of foreign policy will be continued ad nauseum until it finally works and if the US dares take accountability for past transgressions, me and my fellow dittoheads will have a tea party. I will make sure you Superficial nitwits are bombarded with this minutae repeatedly and will take the counter arguement no matter what the situation in regards to Obama. And it’s not that he’s black (which he is by the way. Just LOOK at him! He almost has an afro) it’s that he’s the most Liberal senator EVER. And by liberal we mean voted to stop Bush. So Jeff, does that help?

  4. shar

    HOW THE HELL CAN YOU INTRODUCE HIM AS A SINGER WHEN HE CLEARLY CANNOT SING.
    What is it all of a sudden these guys think they can sing, acting he is ok. I saw Kevin Costner on TV about a month ago and I had to turn it off it was so awful. I was embarrased to listen to him. Mind you I think he is a terrible actor too. Anyway, guys don’t give up your day jobs.

  5. fred

    What’s even funnier is that BBT actually is comparing himself to Tom Petty. That’s like Miley Cyrus comparing herself to Joan Baez. And Miley is way more popular that BBT and his gang. And the other funny thing that I found (listened to it live) was that BBT was dead against the interview being about him, but in the end it was all about him and he kept it going! Hats off to Jian. Oh and Billy don’t think we canucks didn’t catch your little jab at Canadian audiences…….”tend to be more reserved” Maybe your music makes people sleepy?

  6. Lindsay

    AWWwwww….someone needs to get Billy Bob a sippy cup and a teddy bear because apparently he missed nap time. What a sorry, arrogant, sack of shit! Get a life man, nobody has heard of your crappy little band.

  7. Conservative Underground

    Jeff, I’m lying of course. Because I know you read the news and saw that firms like Enron were completely full of shit and didn’t make anything but debt. We now know that the robust economy was a farcical charade (oh shit, how did I spell that right?) based on toxic derivatives and easy credit. And Bush kept raising the debt ceiling to enrich contractors, not the population in general. But he was way gooder at golf than Obama, who is genetically predispositioned to pick up a golf bag whenever in a cuntry club. And this conservative movement I threaten you with is action just gas in my belly. Thanks for reading.

  8. Daniel

    #24 – you are dead on the money with your comments.

  9. who cares

    His best was Sling Blade, he didn’t have to do much more than grunt and ask for french fried taters, more than that and he’s out of his comfort zone.

  10. Nikki

    Respect to the radio host, he kept it together when I would of just dug into billy. He did it with such a professional style without needing to say ‘ you’re an idiot and you let your band to shame but if you want to play it like this than go ahead make an ass of yourself’

  11. norton

    Ahh yes…. the “brooding” musician act.

    Look douche-nozzle, you came to be known for your acting. Now you’re trying to be known as a musician. Deal with it. You’re best know for the former.

    Additionally, the only reason those poor saps in the band deal with your childish behavior is because you’re a well known ACTOR. I don’t think they could have looked more uncomfortable with your actions.

    Kudos to Jian. Nice high road, and I liked the occasional zinger you got across the plate – especially at the end.

  12. havoc

    Does BBT not have a publicist? Manager? I guess the concept of “promotion” is lost on him. Way to blow it Woodcock…

    .

  13. Dion Phaneuf is a prick

    Jian Ghomeshi is an city yuppie anyway… I wish Billy would have throttled him…

  14. nick

    #39, did you just say “Clinton Recession”? You do know that when Clinton left office the country had a surplus right? Now that Bush has left, all we have to show for it is a huge deficit. You can’t be that stupid.

  15. jim hewitt

    What a dip-shit.

  16. Conservative Underground

    Hey nick @ 64, up is down in my universe. Fuck you. Clinton lied, so anything you say in his defense makes you a liar too. My name is Hannity’s tagline, but I swear I think for myself when he says it’s ok.

  17. Billy Bob's Manager

    Hi, I’m Billy Bob’s manager, and taking the pulse of the country, we thought this was the exact right timing for BBT to act like an over-privileged, self-absorbed A-hole who treats non-celebrities like the common dirt that they are. We think the world is ready to embrace celebrities who spit on other people trying to do their job (like this radio host) while acting like spoiled 9-year-olds. After all, people like BBT really are soooo superior to you everyday scumbags who don’t make millions of dollars for acting. Hey don’t miss BBT’s next appearance at your local mall where he’ll be slapping around food court workers. You’ll love it!

  18. Billy Bob's Manager

    Hi, I’m Billy Bob’s manager, and taking the pulse of the country, we thought this was the exact right timing for BBT to act like an over-privileged, self-absorbed A-hole who treats non-celebrities like the common dirt that they are. We think the world is ready to embrace celebrities who spit on other people trying to do their job (like this radio host) while acting like spoiled 9-year-olds. After all, people like BBT really are soooo superior to you everyday scumbags who don’t make millions of dollars for acting. Hey don’t miss BBT’s next appearance at your local mall where he’ll be slapping around food court workers. You’ll love it!

  19. Billy Bob's Manager

    Hi, I’m Billy Bob’s manager, and taking the pulse of the country, we thought this was the exact right timing for BBT to act like an over-privileged, self-absorbed A-hole who treats non-celebrities like the common dirt that they are. We think the world is ready to embrace celebrities who spit on other people trying to do their job (like this radio host) while acting like spoiled 9-year-olds. After all, people like BBT really are soooo superior to you everyday scumbags who don’t make millions of dollars for acting. Hey don’t miss BBT’s next appearance at your local mall where he’ll be slapping around food court workers. You’ll love it!

  20. Still White on the Outside

    @my other self

    PLEASE stop using bush. Please. You’re just flailing around because you CANNOT defend the decisions obama has made. FORGET Bush you loser and DEFEND OBAMA. You can’t. Know why? You’ll just look like a dumbass and have to admit, you were wrong. In the glorious 75 days He’s increased the national debt, so he can reduce the national debt. You DO realize he said that right? You DO realize he proposed a budget that increases the debt, right? You do realize he CUT jobs from an honest successful company (lockhheed) and gave money to a dishonest unsuccessful company (AIG)

    The money he gave to AIG was 300 times more money than It cost to finish the F-22 contract (which is arguably the best fighter in the world). Sure we don’t use the F-22 to kill terrorists, but it’s REALLY good vs. the other nations who are NOT cutting their defense budget. Why on earth would he do this? So he could save money, and hand it to the GM execs to make more crappy cars you don’t want?

    Defend Obama without attacking bush, or anyone else. I dare you.

  21. norton

    I just found out that Jian, the interviewer is in a band called Moxy Fruvous…. and the best part is he’s the drummer. And they’ve had wider success as professional musicians than Billy Bob Dickweed has.

    Even MORE kudos to his slam about BBT not performing because as BBT retorted “I’m a drummer … We don’t cart those around at 6 o’clock in the morning.”

  22. Jack

    In the annals of douchebaggery, this will go down as a supreme accomplishment. BBT will be remembered forever as the undisputed champion of petulance and the king of misguided self-importance. May this crush once and forever any future career he has, in film or music.

  23. The presenter dealt with that situation remarkably well. I don’t think I’d have been able to resist the urge to really make BB’s life difficult back in my radio days.

  24. Danklin24

    How do you not know how to answer the question of when your band formed? This guy is a fucking tool. I used to think he was the shit, now i just think he’s the shit inside a giant asshole.

  25. may

    what an asshole!!

  26. jack

    BB is a douche.

  27. Lucy

    What a boring bunch of douchewads. How Jian can manage to keep his sense of humour about around such idiots is beyond me.. and BBT, stop trying to make yourself relevant.

  28. Still White on the Outside

    Me again. My Tourette’s is acting up and I hope you know that when I type in caps it means I’m yelling. But don’t bother covering your ears, because this is just typed, silly. Anyways, I know that most administrations get at least 100 days to see how they’re doing, but I’m a live in the now kinda guy, so I will not mention 43. At all. Shit, I just did…………… or did I? Anyways, everything bad that ever happened in this country ever started on inniguration day. Do you see what I just did? Impressed by my cleverness? Aaaaaaanyway, I know we spend more on the military that every other nation combined, but I have stock in KBR. And you know, while you say silly things like “cost overruns” or “billions missing” in Iraq and our defense contracting, just remember, we saved jobs by letting the Chinese pay for what we’re getting. Oh, and most of those weapons still don’t work. But that’s ok, because someone who was president between 42 and 44, who’s name may or may not be synonymous with ‘shrub”, looked terrorism in the eye and saw its soul. Wait, that’s not right……….. anyways, stop talking about the last president and we’ll stop blaming everything EVER (see how that works? it’s called YELLING) on Clinton and Carter.

  29. kevin federline

    what a dick! Props to the interviewer for being smarter and more “on the ball” than a wierd prick playing obscure wierd prick music… wtf is “hillbilly meets british invasion – fusion” anyway?

  30. Still White on the Outside

    @myself again.

    See. You didn’t even take my dare. You can’t do it. You just can’t. Hmm cost overrun? Is that kind of like a bonus?

  31. Right Fury

    78

    Yeah. I’m sure its going to turn all around and fix everything in the next 25 days. Smoke another one.

  32. Lidiya

    Woot! I sent this link. My Canadian radio host friend told me about it.

    He brings up his subscription to a monster magazine when asked about his musical influences? What zee fook is wrong with this guy’s brain? His evasion of all legitimate questions is gross; in 9:09, one of his bandmates almost does a facepalm. Why did he show up if he wasn’t going to promote the band at all? I’ve never even heard the band, but now I just assume they suck. Good job, Bob.

  33. Humpy McNugget

    Didnt this guy used to play on SNL? Jimmy Fallon or something like that?

  34. Bernjermern

    Everybody Everybody! What is left at the end of all this “controversy” is one fact that outweighs every little uproarious facet of this interview–one fact that disregards all offenses taken, all codes of interview ethics dismissed (however well-meaningly), all attempts at reconciling dilemmas of identity. The fact is this: Billy Bob’s solo albums and his Boxmaster music share one irreducibly unifying quality: IT IS MEDIOCRE, AND IT IS MEDIOCRE AT BEST.

  35. Bernjermern

    Everybody Everybody! What is left at the end of all this “controversy” is one fact that outweighs every little uproarious facet of this interview–one fact that disregards all offenses taken, all codes of interview ethics dismissed (however well-meaningly), all attempts at reconciling dilemmas of identity. The fact is this: Billy Bob’s solo albums and his Boxmaster music share one irreducibly unifying quality: IT IS MEDIOCRE, AND IT IS MEDIOCRE AT BEST.

  36. Bernjermern

    Everybody Everybody! What is left at the end of all this “controversy” is one fact that outweighs every little uproarious facet of this interview–one fact that disregards all offenses taken, all codes of interview ethics dismissed (however well-meaningly), all attempts at reconciling dilemmas of identity. The fact is this: Billy Bob’s solo albums and his Boxmaster music share one irreducibly unifying quality: IT IS MEDIOCRE, AND IT IS MEDIOCRE AT BEST.

  37. Haywood Oglethorpe

    I’m sorry, but Billy Bob’s music recollects NOTHING about the British Invasion. There’s a difference between influence and presentation.

  38. Still White on the Outside

    And me yet again. Someone please tell me why everything that EVER (yelling again!) went wrong in either Carter Clinton, or Obama’s fault? I lost my GOP handbook and it was the only one I had with pictures. I know that that one president right after 42 and right before 44 was such a waste I can’t even defend him (and I’m a stubbornly idiotic radical) and that the Reagan mystique is complete media fabrication, but I really need more talking points to let these readers at this gossip site, and that one horsey site I go to, know that conservatism will soon return. Or not. My ass itches, what do I know?

    hey 81, your a loser. after 25 days you were already calling Obama the worst president ever. So alot can happen in the next 25. Oh wait, your on my side. Oh well. I mean, HEIL!

  39. Spo

    Is he going to start a career in Hip-Hop? What a douchebag. He is known as an actor. Nobody cares about his shitty music. He’s trying to play the “tortured artist” musician now. PROPS TO THE DJ. He handled it very well and didn’t back down and wouldn’t let him get away with answering with jibberish.
    The whole Tom Petty thing is sooooooo RIDICULOUS it reminds me of
    GEORGE CASTANZA asking Jerry Seinfeld what kind of plane NBC gives TED DANSON.
    FUCK THIS GUY.

  40. Dirk Diggler

    Billy-Bob is the biggest douche in the world!!! Who the fuck does he think he is? What gives him the right to treat the radio host this way. I guess it is the same right that I have of not ever buying his shitty records or buying a ticket to any of his shitty movies. I wonder how Howard Stern would have reacted to this douchebags act? I think we all know the answer…Howard would have ripped up a new ass hole. Hats off to the radio guy who was a complete professional. I dont think I could have remained as polite as he did. FUCK YOU BILLY DOUCHEBAG BOB…….

  41. Pinto

    If I wanted to listen to Buck Owens I would buy a Buck Owens CD. If I wanted to listen to British INvasino stuff I would buy those cds. If I wanted to listen to southern rock or hillbilly music I would buy those cds. Billy Bob..why the fuck do you think the crap on your cd’s is worth shit? So you have put out 3 albums in the past year, odd no one knew that..you have a killer marketing and distribuing company…oh yeah..thats right…selling shit out of the trunk of your car or off some 3rd grade websit doesnt work that well does it. Try peddling your shit in Germany…they love Hasselhoff….what? You tried that already and it didnt work? What does that tell you? Thats right….you could not hold Hasselhoffs sweaty balls with your “music”.

  42. Lhowell

    Okay……HOW did this turn into a discussion about Obama vs. Bush??????

    Back to the topic at hand…….Billy Bob Thornton has some kind of nerve thinking ANYONE really cares about him or his stupid band……which BTW did anyone notice how BORING they all were? One guy looked like he was 70 and dying/falling asleep during the interview.I will say that the interviewer handled that amazingly well….although its not much of a shocker since hes From Canada. i think i would have seriously just said to leave because BB was so disrespectful. Its funny though…..especially the comic book part!?! I was ROFL.

  43. grah!

    can we please stop with the political posts?
    im looking at you “obama” srsly, this is a celeb gossip blog, you know better.

    [ i did end up checking out bbt’s band —-> terrible ]

  44. suzeee

    hahaaa I googled boxmaster vids and found one where they played in a book store..someone yells from the audience of about 15 people ‘hey where’s your open guitar case???? HHHAAAAAHAAA classic!!! and they sucked!
    what a loser! he bandmates should grow some balls too.

    oh and I heart Jian…..hey jian ‘call me!’

  45. Dutch

    I am a Canadian who listens to Q on a regular basis. Jian Ghomeshi is a fantastic host and his musical background/knowledge makes him such an excellent host. He appreciates so many different genres of music and is so easy to listen to. His intro was fantastic but Billy Bob didn’t enjoy the fact that he is known first and only as an actor and not as a musician.
    What a crybaby, no Canadian band would ever try and pull a publicity stunt like that. Canadians sit there and listen to “The Boxmasters” without emotion because the music is terrible.
    Jian kept his cool, I would have ended the Interview and asked BBT to leave.

  46. shankyouverymuch

    Jian Ghomeshi is a poonjob TOOL … Billy Bob’s cool, if you’re to stupid to understand the rules, then don’t do the interview, or just take the consequences as they smack you in the face, like a man … that’s all.

  47. suzeee

    hahaaa I googled boxmaster vids and found one where they played in a book store..someone yells from the audience of about 15 people ‘hey where’s your open guitar case???? HHHAAAAAHAAA classic!!! and they sucked!
    what a loser! he bandmates should grow some balls too.

    oh and I heart Jian…..hey jian ‘call me!’

  48. suzeee

    hahaaa I googled boxmaster vids and found one where they played in a book store..someone yells from the audience of about 15 people ‘hey where’s your open guitar case???? HHHAAAAAHAAA classic!!! and they sucked!
    what a loser! he bandmates should grow some balls too.

    oh and I heart Jian…..hey jian ‘call me!’

  49. billysaLoser

    shankyouverymuch you are a complete idiot. What rules? he introduced BBT that’s all?? he wasn’t even talking about his shitty movie career anyway? It was the tool himself. His own band look mortified.

  50. foo

    The interviewer did a great job and showed class. Billy Bob is an idiot. It would be more interesting if he interviewed the wall.

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