Billy Bob Thornton Makes a Pitch for ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Guest Spots

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At Monday’s Emmy Performers Peer Group party at the Montage Beverly Hills, the nominees thought long and hard about which TV shows they’d like to grace as a guest star. But “Veep’s” Tony Hale didn’t hesitate with his bid for a role on IFC’s “Portlandia.”

“Hands down, Portlandia,” he remarked. “Definitely. It puts a mirror up to society and just allows people to laugh at it. It kind of wakes us up to the ridiculousness of life and I just think it’s brilliant.”

Hale’s own show was the pick of “Scandal’s” Dan Bucatinsky. “Not to go onto another political show but the show is so funny — it had such a great year. I think it would be really fun!”

Coming off a successful first television run on “Fargo,” Billy Bob Thornton entertained the idea of a part very different from the miniseries’ Lorne Malvo. The actor loves “The Big Bang Theory” after his mother turned him onto the show, and decided that he’d “want to be a guy who steals Penny away.” But if that doesn’t work out he’s hoping for a role as Hodor’s cousin on “Game of Thrones.”

“Scandal’s” current big bad Joe Morton also commented that he once had his eyes on CBS’ “Person of Interest,” but can’t see himself getting into television comedy. However, the actor recently finished a workshop of a play about comedian Dick Gregory, where he gets to perform some of the comic’s stand-up.

Morton paused to greet friend and fellow nominee Kevin Spacey on the carpet, and joked about what might happen should their two power-hungry characters ever shared screen time. “That would be interesting,” he mused. “Any number of things would happen. I’m sure it would depend on what we wanted and if we wanted the same things — and we probably wouldn’t.”

Who would win in a fight, Rowan Pope or Frank Underwood? “Oh, me of course!” Morton laughed.

Double nominee Allison Janney also gave some thought to how her two very different characters (Bonnie on “Mom” and Margaret Scully on “Masters of Sex”) might react to each other.

“Margaret would not know what to say. I think Bonnie would probably ask her a lot of inappropriate questions that would make Margaret squirm and Margaret would maybe start to have a slight panic ,” she said. “But I think if they had to take a road trip together they might actually find something that they liked about each other.”


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  1. If this happens, my life would be made. I love billy bob, I adore the big bang theory and the game of thrones is awesome, so an addition to it from this great man would only make the world of television a greater place

  2. I’ll be completely finished if Billy Bob gets on BBT period.

  3. Mikesommers says:

    Ugh. “Portlandia” is one of the worst shows I have ever seen on television.

  4. Crystal says:

    For Billy Bob: Penny’s been lured before – go for luring Amy Farrah Fowler’s attention away from Sheldon! Premise: ‘Guest lecturer of great scientific note intrigues Amy. His flirtatious nature lures her desires to be fulfilled as a woman. His continued attention drives Sheldon to the brink of… hmmm, would the green-eyed monster finally break through Sheldon’s long-standing reserve? Would he finally throw himself at Amy’s feet and beg for her love? Would he become a sexual being? Or would he somehow convince Amy that she really wants him? Does she get her itch scratched anyway?’ Well, Chuck (Lorre), get on it, and let’s find out! BTW – Multiple-show guesting for this!

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