Billy Bob Thornton is Not a Morning Person


Today on CBC Radio's Q, actor Billy Bob Thornton and his band the Boxmasters were very awkwardly interviewed by host Jian Ghomeshi. Mostly because Billy Bob is not a morning person who carries drums around.

Recorded at an early time this morning (around 6am, it would seem), it becomes obvious rather quickly that lead vocalist Billy Bob had gotten out of the wrong side of the bed, then realized that someone had shit in his cornflakes, and then ended up with a huge pickle up his ass when he sat in the Q studio chair.

Ghomeshi handles it well, all things considered. From Thornton's nonsensical ramblings, to his cursing, to his awkward (and kinda evil) eying, Jian appears only mildly fazed and wavers only slightly before attempting to declare a truce and get back to the interview. But it's painful to watch.

In some ways, Jian's ordeal reminds me of the infamous interview of crankypants Sigur Ros on NPR, except in Jian's case his questions were apparently too relevant rather than piss poor.

Billy Bob: You are not Tom Petty. And I'm filing this one in film. Even though it probably should be in the music category. You're a better actor than you are musician or interviewee, that's for sure.

The Boxmasters play Toronto at Massey Hall tonight and tomorrow night, opening for the legendary Willie Nelson. Hopefully Billy Bob is well rested and in good spirits for the band's performances.

UPDATE: April 11th:

Here's what Billy Bob had to say to the audience at Massey Hall, about the incident on CBC radio. He calls Ghomeshi an asshole and claims that he doesn't like sensationalism, and his little rant is met with as much booing as cheers.


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