Billy Bob Thornton freaks out on Jian Ghomeshi on CBC Q
Billy Bob Thornton freaked out today on Jian Ghomeshi, a CBC Q host who was interviewing Thornton for his upcoming musical tour for Willie Nelson. Thornton refused to answer questions, he cursed on CBC national radio and television and did not take part in a live, in-studio performance.
Ghomeshi, a long-time CBC Q host, started off the interview by calling Thornton's musical career "a major passion" and only made a casual reference to his film career. Well, Thornton didn't like this as apparently Ghomeshi was told not to talk about acting, and after answering a few questions with "I don't know", he freaked out on the host.
Ghomeshi asked Thornton what he used to listen to a as a kid, to which the singer/drummer answered: "I used to like baseball." Ghomeshi then asked if it was true that he nearly became a baseball player, to which Thornton answered, "I dunno... maybe."
It was all downhill from there.
Thornton's band The Boxmasters just sat in silence and looked stunned while Ghomeshi tried to get the interview back. The interview had shades of Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman.
"Given that you're quite passionate about music..." began Ghomeshi at one point, only for Thornton to pointedly ask if he "would say that to Tom Petty".
"Would I say that he was passionate about music? Yeah," replied the host.
"Really?" said Thornton. "Would you explain why it's not a hobby?," asked the singer, referring to Ghomeshi having stated in his introduction that Billy Bob performs music when he's not performing in film.
"Are you reacting to the fact that I.." stammered a stunned Ghomeshi, before Thornton interrupted with a "Yeah, yeah I am, considering you were instructed not to talk about that, yeah."
Thornton was not happy that the producer of the show had apparently not told Ghomeshi that he wasn't to talk about acting. He finally confirmed that he would like Ghomeshi to do the interview without ever referring to the fact that he had ever had anything to do with acting.
When Ghomeshi said that would seem odd to some people, Thornton responded:
"Well, I think it's odd that you have to smoke inside a white stripe," referring to local anti-smoking regulations.
Thornton did seem to feel better towards the end of the interview, but he did not participate in the scheduled musical performance.
His last words were:
"I'm a drummer. We don't cart drums around at 6 a.m.," he sneered before walking off the set.