Billy Bob Thornton Booed Out Of Canada

Billy Bob Thornton Booed Out Of Canada

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It’s official: Canadians hate Billy Bob Thornton.

The actor/musician had to cancel his Canadian tour after inflaming it’s citizens’ national pride during a disastrous radio interview. On April 8, during an interview with Jian Ghomeshi of the CBC, Thornton refused to answer questions properly after Ghomeshi mentioned his acting career on air, pleading ignorance and resorting to non sequiturs. He also made this unfortunate comment: “Canadian audiences seem to be very reserved. We tend to play places where people throw things at each other. Here, they just sort of sit there. And it doesn’t matter what you say to ’em. … It’s mashed potatoes but no gravy.”

If you look someone in the eyes and promise them something, and you don’t do it, you don’t get the interview,” Mr. Thornton said afterward, explaining his strange behavior.

At a concert at Massey Hall the next day opening for Willie Nelson, Thornton and his band the Boxmasters were booed off stage by hecklers, who shouted “here comes the gravy.” With pressures mounting, Thornton cancelled the rest of the tour, blaming “the flu” in a post on his official website.

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  1. Holy Cow… was he on drugs or trying to be a jerk? I can’t tell.. Actors are always trying to be so mysterious and wierd… I don’t blame the Canadians for booing him.

  2. Why mention Willy Wab on a Songwriters Website? Have you listened to his 2.5 chord stuff? Moon, June, Spoon, Croon would be exciting if he got that farinto rhyme. He gives music a bad name.

  3. Thorton has always been a strange dude. Now I have confirmation that he is an a#%hole and a strange dude. And for all his obvious narcissism, he is a man of no obvious musical talent (yes, I admit to having dug up and listened to a couple of his tracks).

    Good for Jian Ghomeshi and the CBC, by the way. He handled this weird little man extremely professionally. And the station stood by him.

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