Saturday, February 15, 2014

U2 for The Hollywood Reporter February 2014

Bono on the influence of American filmmaking: "American filmmakers had a big effect on us — people like Scorsese, from Mean Streets on, recognizing those characters trying to come to terms with violence. Violence is not widely discussed in relationship to U2, but it has been an obsession. It came out of living in a very violent era.”

On the possibility of winning an Oscar for Ordinary Love (nominated for Best Song, Mandela OST): "If the song gets to shake the hand of the little gopher," he says, "it would give a whole other imprimatur to our audience, which would be great. I would love if it had a life outside of the film. Because we poured so much of our life into the song and, I hope, his life, the life of Mandela."

The Edge on composing the score for 1986’s Captive: “I found it less artistically rewarding. I was having to lay aside the fun part of what I do, which is going in a very instinctive way and finding music that’s turning me on for reasons that I couldn’t possibly explain. But what I do love is writing songs for films. Because I love movies.”

Adam Clayton on the death of the album format: “Unfortunately, one has to think of an album as a rather quaint artifact. It used to be a force to be reckoned with. You put on an album and it took you to a place. But people don’t listen to music that way anymore. So now, in the U2 business, it’s about songs, and it’s about people knowing those songs.”

Larry Mullen joking about why he talked to THR: “Lying for a living is something I’ve been doing for a long time. Acting’s a slightly different arena. I would love to do more and spend some time on that. I have spent most of my life sitting in my drum kit, and I have the best time in the world. But when I get in front of the camera, something else happens.”

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