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Billy Bob Thornton Gives Bizzare Interview On CBC (Video)

In an appearance that was reminiscent of David's Letterman's recent Joaquin Phoenix interview, Billy Bob Thornton did his best to be disinterested, puzzled and even difficult.

Appearing on CBC radio, Thornton evaded simple questions and pretended he had no idea what host Jian Ghomeshi was talking about. Thornton was on the show with his band, the Boxmasters, who are on tour with Willie Nelson.

As Ghomeshi asked Thornton when the band formed to start the interview, Thornton told him: "I don't know what you're talking about." Another band member answered it was roughly two years ago, but when Billy Bob was asked what it was like to be on tour with Willie Nelson, his response was another puzzled look, combined with "I've never met him."

Trying to figure out what was going on, the host wondered, "Are you being ironic or are you being serious?" Billy Bob said he didn't know what Ghomeshi meant and kept saying "I don't know."

At one point a confused Ghomeshi asked, "Are you reacting to the fact that I referred to you as an actor?" to which Thornton replied, "Yeah, I am, since you were instructed not to talk about shit like that. We said, 'Do not talk about s**t like that,' and we also said not to discuss if music is my first love. You wouldn't say that to Tom Petty, would you?"

"Would I say that he's passionate about music?" Ghomeshi said. "Yeah." "Really?," Thornton replied. "Would you explain that it's not a hobby." Ghomeshi seemed to be at a loss for words and tried to move on.

But the icing on the cake came when the actor refused to join his bandmates in playing a song -- which is what they were there for -- on the excuse that he did not bring his drum set: "We don't cart those around at 6 o'clock in the morning."

Check out the full interview below:

April 9, 2009 |

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