Marla Lehner
April 09, 2009 12:55 PM

Don’t call Billy Bob Thornton an actor! That is the lesson learned by a Canadian radio host during an interview earlier this week.

Thornton, who has appeared in more than 50 films and won an Oscar for writing Sling Blade, became combative during an interview on CBC radio while promoting his band Boxmasters with his bandmates.

The star mumbles answers to host Jian Ghomeshi and gives nonsensical responses. A rep for the actor tells PEOPLE that Thornton reacted out of displeasure with the line of questioning: “He simply elected not to engage the interviewer because of the direction of the interview from the onset,” Thornton’s rep says.”The tour is going great.” Asked about his musical influences as a child, Thornton replies, “I just liked baseball as a kid.”

The host followed up by asking if Thornton “almost became a professional baseball player,” to which the actor answers, “I don’t know. Maybe.” Thornton then adds, “I subscribed to a magazine called Famous Monsters of Filmland. The publisher was a guy named Forrest J. Ackerman, who passed away recently.”

Asked about how the magazine relates to music, Thornton, looking confused, says, “Music? No, it was a monster magazine.”

Later, Thornton, getting testy after the host suggests that the star has a passion for music, snipes, “Would you say that to Tom Petty?

“Would I say that he’s passionate about music? Yeah,” the host answers, to which Thornton replies, “Would you explain why it’s not a hobby?” The star says that his acting career, which the host had noted in his introduction of the band, “wasn’t supposed to be mentioned.”

“I’m happy to interview you guys as a band, but for the listeners I’m giving context to who you are. That’s part of your trajectory isn’t it?” asks the host.

Says Thornton, who has two films scheduled to be released this year, “Not really.”

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