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Actor Billy Bob Thornton has laid claim to his own Joaquin Phoenix moment.

An ornery Thornton appeared on CBC radio's "Q" on Wednesday morning to promote his band, the Boxmasters, and was alternately belligerent and bizarre before drawing host Jian Ghomeshi into an argument about the way his appearance on the show had been promoted.

Thornton, the band's singer, took issue with Ghomeshi's introduction to the interview, which included references to the star's career as a Hollywood actor, director and screenwriter.

It will probably be a bigger deal tomorrow when the U.S. media goes after him for being a donkey.

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He's upset that Gomeshi asked about his acting career?

Geez.

If Thornton wasn't an actor, his band would be one more of thousands of little bands nobody has ever heard of. He wouldn't be on CBC in the first place. You can't use fame you earned as an actor to get attention for your band and then get mad when people are interested in your acting career instead of your band.

Jared Leto studiously avoids using his acting career to promote his band. Although, he's not nearly as well known as Billy Bob.

-k

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I think if I were Jian, I would have stuck to questions about Angelina.

A good question for Billy Bob would have been: "About the vial of Angelina's blood you carried around your neck, did you give it back after you two got divorced or did you drink it?"

Billy Bob Thornton should have known better -- being impolite doesn't fly for Canadians.

The actor "musician" and his band, The Boxmasters, have canceled their last two Canadian tour dates with Willie Nelson following Billy Bob's now-infamous radio rant of d-bag awesomeness, according to an announcement on Willie's website.

But Billy Bob didn't just end his hissy fit in the studio. Apparently he went on stage later that night, in front of an all-Canadian audience, and called his interviewer an "asshole"... for, you know, asking Billy Bob questions.

The canceled shows might stem from the fact that Billy Bob said Canadian audiences were boring ... or because actors are usually terrible at playing music.

http://www.tmz.com/2009/04/11/canada-to-bi...b-no-thank-you/

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Billy Bob called Jian Ghomeshi an "a--hole" and Canadian audiences just sit there. Maybe Canadians don't like his "music".

When Barbara Walters was on "Q", she interrupted Jian Ghomeshi at one point to say that he was an excellent interviewer.

So who has more clout Barbara Walters or Billy Bob?

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So who has more clout Barbara Walters or Billy Bob?

With Jian ? I think he's the one with clout. I'm impressed with how he handled himself with BillyBob.

Will it hurt Jian or the CBC ? I think that it will distinguish the CBC as not being just another spout in the celeb-publicity plumbing system.

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With Jian ? I think he's the one with clout. I'm impressed with how he handled himself with BillyBob.

Will it hurt Jian or the CBC ? I think that it will distinguish the CBC as not being just another spout in the celeb-publicity plumbing system.

It certainly won't hurt Ghomeshi or the CBC. Nobody has any sympathy for spoiled celebrities and their diva antics. Ghomeshi gets a bunch of publicity from this. I notice that as of this week he's on at 10am rather than 2pm; not sure if that's a promotion in radio-land.

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I notice that as of this week he's on at 10am rather than 2pm; not sure if that's a promotion in radio-land.
That switch happened awhile ago. And yes - the 10AM slot is a promotion in CBC radio land. The 2PM slot is for pilot projects. Most of the hosts that get that slot are axed and we never hear from them again.
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If you watch the clip....... Gomeshi also comes across as a dick... and increasingly so as the 'interview' proceeds. At first he pretends that he had not heard of the arrangement that the interview was not to be about Thornton as an actor, when pressed Gomeshi admits he knew that going in... and so forth.

And I doubt that Thornton and his mates quit the Willie Nelson tour, you could bet money and win that Willie told them to take a hike, he doesn't need the aggro.

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So he's not crazy about Canadians. I've doled out plenty for Fleetwood Mac, the Who, and Paul McCartney. But Billy Bob who? I think his "fans" were waiting for Willie Nelson.

Jian Ghomeshi - bring on Tom Petty.

I read the linked story. The guy's a first class **shole.

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