Interviews Podcast

Billy Bob Thornton on Bad Santa

Back in 2004 I spoke with Billy Bob Thornton about his role in Terry Zwigoff’s comedy Bad Santa (2003).

The film was produced by the Coen brothers and Thornton played the title character with Tony Cox playing his partner in crime.

It was a year after the US release and the film has since gone on to become something of a cult favourite as an alternative to traditional Christmas movies like It’s a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street.

For some reason, this interview never aired on radio back in 2004 but you can now listen to it here:


You can also download this interview as a podcast via iTunes by clicking here.

> Download this interview as an MP3 file
> Buy Bad Santa on DVD or Blu-ray from Amazon UK


Billy Bob Thornton meltdown on CBC

Billy Bob Thornton was recently on the CBC Radio One program Q, hosted by Jian Ghomeshi.

He was there in a musical capacity with his band The Boxmasters and what followed was a now-legendary appearence to rank alongside George Best on Wogan, Sigur Ros on NPR, Oliver Reed on After Dark and James Brown on CNN.

Best bit: when asked about his musical tastes and influences as a child, he starts going on about ‘Famous Monsters of Filmland’.

Later Thornton complained that Canadian audiences wouldn’t get up and move, saying that Canadians were like mashed potatoes without gravy, which perhaps isn’t the best way of boosting his Canadian record sales.

> Billy Bob Thornton at Wikipedia
> Official site for the Q show on CBC