"Project X" Director Nima Nourizadeh and Producer Todd Phillips Talk Danger, Music, and Metallica
Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:50:43
Let's face it. You can't have a killer party without the right soundtrack.
Music is an intrinsic element to any wild night. That's why choosing the right tunes was so important to Project X director Nima Nourizadeh and producer Todd Phillips. Carefully picking choice gems ranging from Metallica's "Battery" to Kid Cudi's "Pursuit of Happiness" to James Blunt's "You're Beautiful", the filmmakers compiled an eclectic party playlist for the ages in Project X. Just as much as the movie makes you laugh, the soundtrack will definitely make you move.
Nourizadeh captures a distinct rhythm with the laughs, action, and energy of the movie. With Phillips's masterful imprint too, it's an explosive concoction that's both intoxicatingly hilarious and irresistibly charming.
In this exclusive interview, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino spoke to producer Todd Phillips and director Nima Nourizadeh about Project X. They dish on the song choices, why danger adds a little reality, and they even talk about their favorite Metallica album. It's pretty badass in every way just like Project X.
Project X hits theaters everywhere March 2nd, 2012. Make sure you see it…
Watch our exclusive video interview below!
There's an element of realism and danger in Project X. How important was that? The darker moments actually make the movie funnier.
Todd Phillips: I think that's key. The stakes have to feel real and grounded. A character like T-Rick, as absurd as it is, has to feel like a real threat to make this thing work the way it works. If it came off as hokey or over the top, it doesn't feel like a real threat. So that's really key. The whole movie really rests on authenticity, and it's a really fine line that Nima as a director had to walk of making it feel real and not going over the line as far as reality goes and making it feel like a movie. So, it was an interesting thing that you said when you walked in you were surprised how real it felt.
Nima Nourizadeh: I think this style allows us to do some of the most outrageous things. We can still make it feel very real and authentic.
How important was music to the film? The use of James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" was pretty hilarious.
Todd Phillips: I think music is important to every movie. It's a huge tool that a director uses. In this film, it tonally pushes the movie forward. When things go dark, the music takes a turn in a way that's really interesting.
Nima Nourizadeh: The scene using James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" was a way of creating an even more awkward moment with something that's so uncomfortable to listen to anyways [Laughs].
Was there any music you knew had to be in the movie?
Nima Nourizadeh: There were a few scripted ones.
Todd Phillips: Then there were a few we talked about and we were like, "We've got to get this!" Sometimes, music is very expensive for movies and you have to not use something or fight for something else. You have to pick your battles with music. "Battery" was one of them.
Nima Nourizadeh: "H.A.M." by Jay-Z and Kanye West was another one. We always knew we were starting the movie with 2 Live Crew's "Hey We Want Some Pussy." We knew that we were going to have R. Kelly in the bedroom upstairs [Laughs].
Will you be seeing Project X this Friday March 2, 2012?
See DJ Jesse Marco's ultimate party songs in honor of the film here!