Elton John, Emily Blunt, and James McAvoy Talk "Gnomeo & Juliet," Sad Songs, Lady Gaga, Doomed Love and More
Wed, 09 Feb 2011 11:36:26
Music legend Elton John and actors James McAvoy and Emily Blunt sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino to discuss the new, "must see" Disney animated film Gnomeo and Juliet.
John, who served as the executive music producer on the film, talks about how he prefers writing sad songs and expresses his joy at working with Lady Gaga for the film's key song, "Hello Hello." He said that having Gaga duet with him "brings the song up into the now," and he also praises Nelly Furtado for her take on his classic song "Crocodile Rock" and he says that he likes having a modern and relevant artist handle his past works. Oh, Elton. You are fabulous.
When asked if he would do another song with Gaga, John responded without a nanosecond of hesitation. "I always want to do another song with Gaga. I love her," he beamed. He spoke of their friendship and her kindness, too, offering a little inside info into the world's biggest pop star.
John also pointed out that the film is indeed a tragic story, but that he was granted some artistic and creative license with the music for the film, since, well, it's aimed at kids and free-spirited adults and they don't want to send kids running from the theaters in tears.
The thoroughly Euro McAvoy and Blunt recall their first experiences with the base story of Romeo & Juliet and what it's like to see Elton John as a gnome.
Check out our exclusive interview below.
Will you be seeing Gnomeo & Juliet when it lands in multiplexes?