Billy Bob Thornton's trip to Canada earlier this month didn't go so well. First, he battled with a radio talk-show host who introduced him as a movie star while he was there to promote his music career. The next night, he and his band, the Boxmasters, were booed onstage in Toronto. Finally, the Boxmasters canceled the rest of their Canadian tour.
Tuesday night on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," Thornton spoke out about his rocky experience north of the border, and his conclusion was pretty straightforward: Who cares?
"The fact that that was news was astounding to me," Thornton told the late-night host. "But it gave humpback geeks all over the world something to do for a couple of days.
"If the captain from that pirate abduction had been rescued that day," he continued, "no one would know about [the radio interview]."
Thornton said the disastrous interview was particularly unremarkable because he routinely becomes uncooperative if he's unhappy with the line of questioning. During an interview 10 years ago in Germany, he said, "I told [the host] that I receive signals from Venus through a metal plate in my head."
Then, as now, he didn't see what all the fuss was about: "I told a DJ to kiss my a-- — that's all that happened."
On Wednesday's show, Thornton was his usual affable self, joking with Kimmel and telling entertaining stories from his time on the road with the Boxmasters.
At the Canadian radio station, Thornton explained, he simply took issue with the direction of the interview. Producers had assured Thornton that the interview would stick strictly to his music and not touch on his acting career. But CBC host Jian Ghomeshi introduced him as an "Oscar-winning screenwriter/actor/director."
"If they look you in the eye and say, 'We promise,' then that's the deal," Thornton said.