Still, whether it's all the bad reviews he's been getting or all that tar and nicotine he's been inhaling that's made him go off the deep end, Thornton's attack on Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi for having the temerity to ask him about his film career was bizarre enough. But then Thornton took things to a whole other level by knocking the entire Great White North, comparing Canadian audiences to potatoes.
"We tend to play places where people throw things at each other, but here they just sort of sit there," Thornton told Ghomeshi. "And it doesn't matter what you say to 'em. It's mashed potatoes but no gravy."
Regarding that part about throwing things: well, we know that most big time celebs like Thornton have plenty of yes men hanging around. So it's entirely possible that when people have reacted to his music by throwing things at the stage, he's been told that he wasn't the intended target, just the result of bad aim amongst overly stimulated audience members.
As for the reactions to his music by our Canadian neighbors, it probably never occurred to Thornton that, as the famously well-mannered folks they are, the Canadians were simply being politely indifferent rather than abusive.
Still, you can push good people only so far. And so on Thursday night in Toronto, when Thornton's Boxmasters opened for Willie Nelson, they were soundly booed and met with catcalls of "Here comes the gravy." And, bad sport that he seems to be, Billy Bob has now cancelled the rest of his Canadian tour.
And then Stompin' Tom can throw this one in for good measure, just so Billy Bob won't forget just who he's offended:
- Billy Bob Thornton
- South by Southwest Music Festival
- Jian Ghomeshi