Playlist: "Sucker Punch" Edition – Director Zack Snyder, Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jamie Chung, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Carla Gugino, and Oscar Isaac
Thu, 24 Mar 2011 17:04:26
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"I feel like I was definitely singing as Baby Doll," says Sucker Punch star Emily Browning of her mind-blowing vocal work on covers of The Pixies' "Where Is My Mind?", Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)", and Morrissey's "Asleep" for the film's soundtrack. "The lyrics of the songs even connect to the film, and I really sang with the character's feeling in mind."
That's the real brilliance of Sucker Punch though. Under all of the bullets, explosions, fantastic visuals, and action, there's an unforgettable emotional journey, and it's highlighted in both the soundtrack and the performances of Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jamie Chung, Vanessa Hudgens, Jena Malone, Carla Gugino and Oscar Isaac.
Direct Zack Snyder [300, Watchmen, Dawn of the Dead] has crafted a unique, unforgettable, and undeniable tale of five girls attempting to escape the facility their trapped in, simultaneously accessing a vibrant alternate reality. The director's a modern visionary and one of the most important filmmakers out there.
The girls got to kickass to some great tunes and even engage in some death defying antics. Malone elaborates, "There was this one bit where I was 40 feet in the air upside down in the harness. I had to unload my mag as they were lowering me. After I did it, everybody was looking at me weird, and somebody said, 'The only other person who's ever gone upside down with a fully loaded UMP and had to unload their mag is Ice Cube.' Now, I'm the other person. I was like, 'Awesome'!"
Everything about the film is awesome though…
Sucker Punch director Zack Snyder and stars Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jamie Chung, Vanessa Hudgens, Jena Malone, Carla Gugino and Oscar Isaac spoke to ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino [Peep his awesome Aaron Lewis of Staind sweatshirt] for this exclusive interview about the film, their playlists, hip hop, Nine Inch Nails, and so much more.
Be sure to check out Sucker Punch on March 25th!
What songs or artists remind you of Sucker Punch? Who is on your playlist now?
"The first time we went to the gun range, we were bumping Eazy-E in the car really getting into it! When we first came to train, we decided we should all make playlists for when we were training. The very first song I put on my playlist was 'Army of Me,' because I thought, 'This song makes me feel tough.' Not having heard it or knowing it was a song I had put on my 'Songs That Make Me Feel Tough' playlist, Zack was like, 'We got that song for the film!' I was like, 'That's kind of bizarre.' It was a lot of tough girl music."
"For me, it was hip hop all the way. I love hip hop so I have a lot of it in my music collection and a very eclectic taste. I like everything from Doseone to Jay-Z, Eminem, and Lil Wayne. It's Souls of Mischief to The Pharcyde for me. Ice-T was pretty good too. I loved Nas's 'Made You Look' too. Whenever we went to the gun range, that was my song. Hip hop is good music to train to."
Jamie Chung "We listened to Dr. Dre while we were working out. Recently, it's been The Black Keys. I'm going into this different groove."
Vanessa Hudgens " We listened to 'Army of Me' a lot. My playlist has been Adele and Mumford & Sons. I love Nicki Minaj."
Jena Malone "I'm so into her! It's Crazy. I'm into Nina Simone, Tom Waits, Neil Young, and then I'm like, 'Nicki Minaj!' [Laughs] We worked out a lot, and it's really nice to be able to have playlists. I think all of us had different variations. [Composer] Marius De Vries, who did the music for the film, definitely give us a little bit of a taste of what it was going to sound like and little things it might be. I remember asking for them to play a couple of the songs during the action pieces. When we were walking down the trenches, we were like, 'Can you blast that song?' It was 'White Rabbit' then."
"I had Nick Cave's 'Red Right Hand' playing over and over again. That really would pump me up and get into that space of a man with a plan. We told Blue's story through 'Love Is The Drug'. Right now, I've listened to TV on the Radio's new song 'Will Do' over and over. I'm so excited for the album."
"I wasn't listening to something in particular other than 'Love Is The Drug'—a lot. Because we had talked about Björk early on, I definitely had a little playlist going. With some movies, there's a very specific song, but for Sucker Punch, there wasn't. I think that was also the case for me because we were rehearsing singing and dancing for 'Love Is the Drug' so much that ended up being my theme. Also, I think the character was wishing her love could've gone a different way. The song became our own because there was so much collaboration. I always liked that song so I was excited we were going to do it. It seemed appropriate for the movie because it is this great drug trip but it's about people trying to search for love ultimately—loving themselves and being loved. Now, it is a whole new song for me. As for my playlist now, I like the new PJ Harvey a lot, Lykke Li, who I've liked for a long time, but now she seems to be taking over. I love Say Hi too!"
"The earliest song I had was Björk's 'Army of Me.' I felt like that was so emblematic of the concept of this one teeny girl beating the shit out of everybody. I thought that was cool [Laughs]. We had 'White Rabbit' really early too. I like the idea of this psychedelic song in this WWI sequence. That felt really right to me. We structured the songs so they would become part of the score. Music is a huge part of the movie for me. It's like another personality of the film. If you get that right, you add this dimension to the movie that you couldn't have imagined before. Right now, I've been trying to find a really good cover of 'Battle Hymn of the Republic.' I can't find one that I really like with all five verses, so that's a problem [Laughs]. I was going to call someone up like Allison Crowe and be like, 'Can you record a version of this?' That's how my brain works!
Will you be seeing Sucker Punch when it hits theaters Friday March 25?
To see Zack Snyder talk about Nine Inch Nails alongside Korn, Skrillex, Godsmack, Sasha Grey, and more click here!
Check out our review of the film's soundtrack here!