Saturday, April 11, 2009


Billy Bob Thornton's Band, The Boxmasters, has canceled the rest of their Canadian tour. They were booed while performing on stage due to Billy Bob's rude behavior during an interview. Supposedly the tour was canceled due to one of the band members having the flu but we all know the real reason the tour was canceled.

Billy Bob Thornton's band has canceled the rest of its Canadian tour after the actor compared the country's fans to mashed potatoes with no gravy in a testy interview that caused a sensation online.

The Boxmasters opened for Willie Nelson on Thursday in Toronto, where they reportedly were booed and met with catcalls of "Here comes the gravy."

A note posted on Nelson's Web site Friday said the Boxmasters were canceling the rest of their Canadian dates "due to one band member and several of the crew having the flu."

The cancellation came two days after Thornton made world headlines with a belligerent appearance on CBC radio's "Q."

The actor apparently didn't like that host Jian Ghomeshi started the interview with references to Thornton's Hollywood career.

Thornton refused to answer many of Ghomeshi's questions directly, mumbling: "I don't know what you're talking about." He later said Ghomeshi's producers had been told ahead of time not to talk about his film career.

Thornton also had some unkind words for Canadian crowds.

"Canadian audiences seem to be very reserved," he told Ghomeshi. "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."

Before his Thursday night gig, Thornton tried to clarify those remarks, saying he loved Canada and his "mashed potatoes" comment had been aimed at Ghomeshi.

Again, I don't like tabloid stories like this but I was really disappointed when I saw how he acted during the radio interview. I know it's just another case of a spoiled actor behaving badly but I've been a fan for years, going to movies specifically because he was in them. For Billy Bob to try to run away from the problem seems silly and childish. He should face the problem head-on and apologize for being so rude. But what do I know? I'm just fan who's supported him for years. Just mashed potatoes with no gravy.


1 comment:

coffee nomad said...

Joaquin Phoenix might be able to orchestrate a PR spoof to advance his career, but Billy Bog just isn't cool enough to pull off something like that

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