I’ve heard from a number of sources about Billy Bob Thornton’s “blow up” on Q, the culture radio program on CBC Radio 1. Host Jian Ghomeshi was visited by The Boxmasters, a country-esque act fronted by actor Billy Bob.
I watched the above video with Nicole, and at first we honestly both thought he was a very special kind of high, just wasted; he skirted around all interview questions, sitting silently looking awkward or regaling the host with random stories about monsters.
Eventually, he confessed to spite – seems he made clear that he wanted no mention of his acting career, and there was a lapse of some four seconds in the introduction to the interview. He remained collected, but cursed and became petty and snide, refusing to perform and instead making the remaining band perform an instrumental version of their single.
“Oohh…” I recall saying. “So he’s actually just an asshole.”
Billy Bob went on to bash Canada and the band has since canceled all of their remaining Canadian shows opening for Willy Nelson. But the Q website raises an interesting question: is it unreasonable to mention other careers or accomplishments in trying to provide a context to an act that may yet be new to many? Was it an insult to refer to this musician’s acting career?
I actually think that Jian Ghomeshi did a fantastic job with this interview – and let’s face it, he was put on the spot on several occasions. In the end, though… those few seconds during the introduction drew back the bow, but the arrow through the heart of The Boxmasters’ Canadian following was shot by Billy Bob himself.