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Friday, April 10, 2009

Billy Bob Thornton vs. Jian Ghomeshi : Showdown at the Q Corral

It's Friday, so what better way to start your weekend than a deeply uncomfortable interview between actor/musician Billy Bob Thornton and Canada's Q TV. Here's the description from Q TV's YouTube page:

Q was visited by country-pop band The Boxmasters. The Boxmasters's biggest claim to fame is that their singer is Oscar-winner Billy Bob Thornton. If you were listening, you heard what could best be described as a 'showdown at the Q corral' when Mr. Thornton took offense to our mention of his cinematic accomplishments. Here is what happened on camera. The performance is not included as we have not yet resolved the rights issues to it. If we do we will post that as well.

Billy Bob Thornton wasn't done with Ghomeshi. Here's The Star reporting on it:

Referring to Jian Ghomeshi, the host of CBC Radio's Q, as an "a--hole," the Oscar-winning actor turned musician interrupted his band's set three songs in to give his side of the story.

After commenting on the beautiful theatre and the legendary performer they were opening for (Willie Nelson), Thornton said, "It seems as if when I say something it's in the news."

When that drew boos, Thornton continued: "Boo all you want, but I want to say something.... We're really happy to be here, but I need to say something. I talked to this a--hole yesterday.

"I sat down and talked with this guy. He and his producers say, `We promise you we won't say that' (meaning references to Thornton's acting career). The very first thing they said was that.

"I don't really like sensationalism," he added. "If you look someone in the eyes and promise them something, and you don't do it, you don't get the interview. That's the way it goes."

The explanation was met by further boos and catcalls of, "Here comes the gravy," a reference to Thornton's description of Canadian audiences as "mashed potatoes with no gravy" during his interview with Ghomeshi.

h/t: National Newswatch

Posted by P.M. Jaworski on April 10, 2009 in Music | Permalink


Watching this, I'm inclined to think that Billy Bob is a bit off his rocker psychologically.

I think both him and Joaquin Phoenix should be seeking some seriously good psychological help.

Posted by: Mike Brock | 2009-04-10 12:56:44 PM

A non-story.

Posted by: epsilon | 2009-04-10 2:22:54 PM

If I was forced to choose one word to describe music reporting on CBC radio, "sensationalist," would not be that word.

Posted by: anonymous | 2009-04-11 7:14:39 PM

see, Joaquin Phoenix might be able to orchestrate a PR spoof to advance his career, but Billy Bog just isn't cool enough to pull off something like that

Posted by: nomad | 2009-04-20 11:13:22 PM

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