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…


  1. LOL

    Billy Bob is such a douche.

  2. Calla

    Moxy Fruvous was my favorite band for years–it’s great to see Jian making a name for himself. He’s awesome! Billy Bob can suck it.

  3. Ladodgurs22

    So, he’s trying to sing, since he can’t act, eh

  4. Evan Faine

    Maybe he was on his F%#!KING LUNCH BREAK!

  5. slammy

    What an arrogant ass. Other than being able to act like a retard (Slingblade), he has very little talent. His music is god-awful

  6. eatAdickBilly

    What a fucking douche. GO FUCK YOURSELF BILLY.

  7. DeeDee

    Obvious question but…is he on drugs? The whole interview is just damn right weird… the interviewer dealt with it very professionally…

    The other guys in the band look really uncomfortable and unhappy…how long will this last … I give it a couple of years.

    At first i thought this interview was a joke?!

  8. DeeDee

    Obvious question but…is he on drugs? The whole interview is just damn right weird… the interviewer dealt with it very professionally…

    The other guys in the band look really uncomfortable and unhappy…how long will this last … I give it a couple of years.

    At first i thought this interview was a joke?!

  9. jess

    wow. billy bob’s a douche.

  10. >ThisGuy<

    I can see why Billy got pissed off. One the talk show tried to turn the band into Billy’s band as though he was the centre piece and not giving equal credit to the others. The host tries to center everything around Billy and ask him dumb questions as though the band was him and him only.

    GO get them Billy, don’t take their shit and give your friends in the band their due.

  11. rukidding

    @110 well if you can see why Billy got pissed then you’re a douche too. It ‘s also why he’s married 5 times..he’s an asshole.

  12. Jim

    Wow! WTF??? That was painful as hell. I think he’s an incredible actor but a real jerk as a person. What a shame…

  13. Lulu

    Smart – he just alienated all of his Canadian fans….if he even has any. Never heard of his band, ever.

  14. vito

    Billy Bob Thrombosis is a fucking CUNT! I will now make it a point to avoid any endeavors in which he is involved.

    HEY, ASSHOLE…I don’t know about the the rest of the public out here, but I, for one, had no idea you were involved in music at all, let alone part of a band.

    So I hope it makes you feel better to know that this is a household in which your music will never play. I hope the other band members shove your drums up your arrogant, hillbilly ass.

    Fucking jerk.

  15. Justin

    God he’s worse than Joaquin Phoenix. What a complete douchebag. 100% loss of respect.

  16. >ThisGuy<

    Well #111 you’re just proving to me that you can slander but not give any insight to anything productive, good way to be arrogant.

    I still think Bill Bob is in the right on this one. Even after Billy told the host to not say things that pushed those buttons the host kept it up.

    Billy had a right to get upset and it wasn’t as if Billy didn’t talk civil and go spastic and swear and go apeshit over it. So you all have a warped twisted way at looking at this.

  17. mary

    oh…I felt sorry for his band after that. You could tell on their faces. Why did he have to do that to them?

  18. Kuato

    What a fucking cocksucker. I’m glad his movies have been eating shit at the box office.

  19. Jed

    Chance of me ever hearing about the Boxmasters if Billy Bob weren’t in the group: 0.0%
    Chance of me ever paying any attention to this band after Billy Bob McDouchebag’s attitude in this interview: 0.0%

    what a tool!

  20. Steve

    #110: That band wouldn’t exist without the novelty of BBT. He IS the centerpiece of the band.
    That host was cool, and BBT was a total baby. I lost all respect for him.

  21. DD

    What a total douche

  22. wet newspaper


    I’d buy tickets to their shows just to heckle the fuck out of Billy Bawb.

    I hope he’s reading these comments.

    To be honest I didn’t even know he was an actor until now, I thort he was a celebrity because he once dated Angelina. Little wonder she ditched his tanty arse like a hot turd. Imagine waking up next to that grumpy fuck every day.

  23. Rebecca

    Maybe his old age is catching up with him?

    Maybe all the drugs are catching up to him?

    Maybe they had to pull him out of the home for old people with Alzheimer’s to do this interview?

    But then again, the other band members did not look happy with him, so he was probably bitter about the introduction.

  24. NY Ted

    The real story is that this Arkansas inbred actually THINKS HE IS A MUSICIAN!
    Has anyone heard him sing? I did once on late night TV and I ran out of the house SCREAMING MY FUCKING EARS HURT SO BAD!

    What a joke! Can’t act…can’t sing…can’t fuck…jump on a chair and put a rope around your neck already Billy Hick!

  25. rob

    That was the saddest thing I’ve ever seen. Billy Bob is a sad, mixed-up little man.

  26. liz4sale

    good god. wtf is wrong with him. either he’s high or he needs to be.

    (he’s a pathetic asshole anyway, folks)

  28. lola

    The American government and many governments around the world are ruled by the “money changers”. I don’t believe in the Bible, but I believe in God. The only part of the Bible where Jesus used force was against the “money changers” who manipulated the value of money.

    The Federal Reserve which controls our money supply and hence controls our government. America is the Zionists’ ogre. I mean no harm to Jewish people, as the Illuminati is only a small group of Jewish people… but they CONTROL EVERYTHING!!!! They own all of our television media, newspapers, popular magazines, radio, etc. They make the movies and sell us their junk. Both the republican and democratic parties are puppets to the Zionist “shadow government.”

    Take a look at the countries which are so-called “enemies” of the US. Iran, Russia, and China refused to give in to the IMF (which propagates a debt-based fractional reserve system). They have fought hard to hold onto a real money supply. Why do you think Iran is all over the news now? They are not a threat to the United States. They want to be free and independent of American (actually Zionist) rule.

    Just a few days ago Obama went to Turkey and was trying to get them to join the EU. Obama is pushing forward the New World Order. Once a country joins an international alliance (such as NATO or the UN) where a foreign body can control domestic policy, then they lose national sovereignty. IMF rules regulate that no member nation can use a gold standard, but be forever stuck in a debt-perpetuating system where money is created with interest. That means there is no way to ever pay off the debt = slavery.

    A VERY IMPORTANT FACT that most people are unaware of is that THE UNITED NATIONS uses many environmental issues to further its agenda and further its stranglehold over the people. THE GOVERNMENT uses CO2 as an excuse to push more taxes onto companies which will be passed down to the American people through higher costs. Washington also uses the environment to gain more control through regulating companies and the people’s daily lives. The UN has MANDATED that reducing carbon emissions, greenhouse gases, and GLOBAL WARMING are pressing issues that must be taken care of (with taxes, of course). When the UN decides on something, all member nations MUST make national laws to enforce them. That goes against the constitution. But like Bush said, “It’s just a piece of paper,” that is what it has been reduced to.

    The laws that are passed in this nation are not at our citizens’ benefit. We have open borders, taxation without representation. The people are OVERWHELMINGLY against the bank bailout which passed with littel opposition. We are fed toxic, nutrient void Genetically Engineered food. Our crops and groundwater are laced with cancer-causing poisons. The profits all go in the right direction: Monsanto ==> Big Pharma. That is why we don’t have universal health care. Because Multinational Corporations are making us sick and they get richer and richer from it! That system would be flipped upside down if the government paid (with our money).

    The Clinton administration allowed the use of RBGH is cows (which raises cancer risk 7 times). 85% of corn is genetically engineered. Most corn, soy, canola is. You can thank the Bush administration for ALLOWING Monsanto to sell GE sugar, as of 2008! These are highly toxic, dangerous foods and are in everything! I urge you all to buy organic (for your health and to keep profits out of the tyrants’ hands). The FDA works AGAINST the American citizen. Basically everything that they approve is dangerous for human consumption. Laws passed by the multinational corporations through the “World Trade Organization” mean that our government can’t regulate itself, it has to abide by rules the corporations created themselves.

    IT IS ILLEGAL for product packaging to LABEL GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS! IN FACT, ORGANIC FARMERS must pay $20,000 a year to be called organic and have to jump through hoops to pass testing by the FDA. The new sellers of RBGH (Eli Lily) are trying to pass legislation that would make it ILLEGAL for a milk product to state that it is does NOT contain RBGH. The American people are uninformed and are losing their right to choose. %90 of prepackaged meals at the grocery stores contain Genetically Engineered ingredients. Since it is illegal to mark GE foods, we don’t know what we are getting. Monsanto is the producer of genetically engineered seeds, who is also responsible for Agent Orange and Round Up. DON’T BUY THEIR PRODUCTS! I shop at Trader Joe’s because they don’t use any artificial ingredients, chemicals, or GE ingredients in their foods.

    American policy is Zionist policy and we need to join hands and stop the Invisible tyrant.

    “Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that . . . I want to tell you something very clear: Don’t worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it.” – Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, October 3, 2001

  29. Jamal

    maybe he pissed off he ain’t fucking Angelina no more.

  30. Sam

    Wow, I had no idea he was such a delusional douchebag. What an f’ing joker. For heavens sake, if it wasn’t for Mrs. Pitt and Slingblade, this guy would be playing roles like, “Casino dealer #2.” I hope this doucheyness is really a reflection on his lackluster career and empty life.

  31. Heroin

    Hey Billy Bob,
    It’s me, Heroin. Next time it’s probably better if you do me after the interview is over. It really makes no difference to me, but you really looked like an asshole just now. Once again, because I know you forget things easily, Do me AFTER the interview, Here is a breakdown of how your day should go next time you have any sort of interview or performance.

    Wake up > Stretch > Drink a glass of water > (insert todays activity) > Heroin

    We can maybe throw in a little quickie here and there if your up to it.
    Love ya!

  32. nicdar24

    It’s a shame that you use a person’s race against him when making criticisms of his political actions. Whether or not Obama turns out to be a good president has nothing to do with his race and by saying that it does makes you one of the people who bring the human race down. If Bush or Clinton (or any other president) were ever seen to be failures, it wasn’t because they were white men, so why should Obama’s failures be based on his race?

    We are all people, regardless of color. It is blatantly obvious that you are afraid of people who are not like you and that, my friend, makes you about as evolved as a caveman. Congratulations.

    We will never move beyond any crisis, economic or otherwise, if we continue to get bogged down in skin color. – wake up!

  33. oneelusivegal


    Please start taking your meds again, you are obviously delusional, it is investors and companys greed that created our economic chaos, in short OUR greed. What a load of crap you are spouting. Obama is an intelligent, eloquent man and for once your country can hold it head high because there is no longer an embarrassing redneck in power.

  34. Still White on the Outside

    Me again. I’m on a three day bender. Hey #133, go to hell liberal scum. You just can’t resist bringing up the obvious and blaming everything on the last president. He did keep us safe you know. Well I mean, not from ourselves or our own financial system, but still. He had to spend eight years cleaning up after Clinton and Carter. And what has this Obamunist done? Ruined EVERYTHING (me yelling again!) in less than 80 days.

  35. 000

    “we basically won the war on terror” HAHAHAHHAHAHAH

    seriously whoever didnt stop reading there, is a moron.

  36. Still White on the Outside

    Why do you hate America #135? Food stamps run out? I bet your still waiting for your 40 acres and a mule bitch. Sometimes I wish they would reinstate the draft so douches like you can be culled. I hate you almost as much as I hate myself. Almost.

  37. peggy

    What a dumb stunt. If it isn’t fake, those are the unhappiest musicians I’ve ever seen.

  38. Kurt C.

    Jian’s old band Moxy Fruvous was F’ing fantastic.
    I used to see them all the time when they would come to NYC in the late 90′s.

    Think Flight of the Conchords mixed with a non-sucking Barenaked Ladies. Where all 4 guys in the band are great singers and harmonzers, and can improv really well. They were so much fun in concert.

  39. kar

    CANADIANS are hugely offended by this man….Potatoes without the gravey!!! Stay out of our country asshole….i will never pay to see or hear another thing this inconsiderate loser does!!!!

    Canada is a great country and we have helped pay for your success…ungrateful and selfish…stay in your own country its a mess like you are!

  40. canuckchick

    Good for you Jian. I can’t believe that he kept his cool with this arrogant little child. I was starting to not love Jian so much with his stutters and ahs and ums but I have a new found respect for the guy and will listen to him again. No desire to check out the music

  41. 000

    @ 136. Still White on the Outside – April 10, 2009 9:22 AM

    Nowhere does it say that I hate or don’t hate America, I was simply pointing out the hilarious statement of that other poster. You really can’t say that you’ve won “the war on terror” when this war is specifically designed never to be won in the first place. But hey, maybe the world became a safer place if you think so.

  42. me

    Hey listen ‘thisguy’ you are as fucking clueless as Billy Bob Fuckhead. The guy is a huge asshole and he CAN’T SING. Listen to the interview again…..he fucked up from the start. The first question was when was the band which he answered ‘I dunno’ ….it was nothing about being an actor?????? he is a huge fucking jerk. His band members looked sick???? They should throw away their stupid glasses and grow some balls.

  43. Kelly Jarrell

    I was a background singer for James Brown for 12 years. (1993-2005).
    For the most part James Brown was charming and professional and at least acted like he knew what side his bread was buttered.
    If BBT doesn’t want anyone to refer to his acting, then he should change his name and wear a disguise. Unless he was having a very bad day (it happens) my opinion of him is that he is a spoiled brat and extremely unprofessional.
    That’s no way to sell records!

  44. Kelly Jarrell

    I was a background singer for James Brown for 12 years. (1993-2005).
    For the most part James Brown was charming and professional and at least acted like he knew what side his bread was buttered.
    If BBT doesn’t want anyone to refer to his acting, then he should change his name and wear a disguise. Unless he was having a very bad day (it happens) my opinion of him is that he is a spoiled brat and extremely unprofessional.
    That’s no way to sell records!

  45. i call 'em as I see 'em

    #39/40- You rock.

  46. Aliana

    Mashed potatoes and no gravy?
    First, kudos to the host for jumping on that.
    Second, whatever happened prior to or during the interview to rile Billy Bob’s feathers is no excuse for generalizing an entire people (Canadians) with an ignorant, crossing the border of xenophobic remark like that. I live in Toronto and know the concert scene, what he said is offensive and pathetic.
    So, BBT:
    Not only are you a bad actor and terrible musician (with a “blah” voice) you’re poor excuse for a human being. That makes you a triple threat. Way to go!

  47. wut

    what a jackassss, BBT makes terrible music. The interviewer has done some classic interviews with hundreds of bands and he’s always very proffessional. He should’ve booted him out.

  48. Clint

    You guys are fucking idiots. I always regret coming here from actual good sites such as geekologie and iwatchstuff, but for some reason I still do it from time to time.

    You guys have no idea what happened before this interview that could have made Billy Bob act that way. I doubt he was acting that way because of that mere intro.

    You guys are a bunch of douchebags and hags that suck up to whatever this wanna-be-writer here at the superficial says. Sheep.

  49. Jimbo

    Let me just get this straight…

    1. He says he doesn’t know when the band formed. Rude to the band.

    2. Asked if The Boxmasters is a new band he says no, and that HE’S been playing for 8 years. Nothing to do with the band.

    Then when the band is asked to play, he doesn’t participate with HIS BAND.

    What the fuck are the other band members thinking???? …Other than… “Hey we’re in a band with Billy Bob Thornton. …The ACTOR.”

  50. funny

    This guy should go film a documentary w/ that Joaquin Phoenix guy. What an insulting ass. The guys were clearly embarassed by him, they couldn’t even look up when Billy Bob grunted.

    Hopefully he slept off that hangover and headed off to an AA meeting to learn how to get out of himself.

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