Killing Bono Interview
Killing Bono Interview
Was it ever suggested that Bono should be in the movie? And you say Bono is a nice guy, yet he has this reputation that comes with him. Why do you think that is?

Neil McCormick

I spoke to Bono privately about whether he would be interested in playing himself and he said no. He’s tried it and he finds it very hard to play himself. You can be yourself, but he’s not an actor.

Why does he come across [in the way you mention]? Some people have an idea of Bono and they’ll think that ‘Killing Bono’ is a banner to be worn. You know, when Live Aid was on there was a T-shirt saying ‘Make Bono History’. Because he’s a very passionate activist he stands on a soap-box and tries to make a difference in the world and that becomes annoying to some people. He beats a big drum and makes a big noise and uses his fame as positively as he can. But it makes him a loud figure in the world, saying: “This is what you should do! This is how you should behave!” He’s not afraid to make a fool of himself and he is actually deeply, deeply affected by the idea of the wrongs in the world that he can do something about righting.

There’s another side of Bono. When he puts the glasses on, he takes on a persona that is the rock and roll star, the front of this band, and the rock and roll star beating a drum for big issues. But if you meet him as a person he always remembers your kids’ names, he remembers your wife’s name and he gives lots of attention to the people around him. He’s still married to the girl he was going out with at school.

You know, he’s created the role and the image of Bono but the truth is he’s not in control of that anymore. It’s just been inflated by everything and it’s written about from every angle and he’s just this person in the middle of a Bono storm. But the things he does actually make a difference. There are entire countries in Africa that are out of debt - not because of him, but because of the movement that he’s a part of, that a lot of people are a part of. You know, the Irish were never cool ... there was never a cool Irish person when I grew up! We were passionate and ridiculous and he’s not afraid to be that.
What are your favourite rock or pop movies?

Robert Sheehan

Do you know what jumps to mind for me? I really like Velvet Goldmine. I really think that’s a good film.

Ben Barnes

This Is Spinal Tap is one of my favourites. I’ve got an original signed Spinal Tap poster on my wall at home.

Nick Hamm

The original A Star is Born, for me. Not the very first one, but the second one is just an incredible movie. Nick McCormick A Hard Day’s Night because I love The Beatles. I like that they were able to play themselves so dead-pan. It’s so funny and it’s got so much energy. It’s such a cracking movie. It still works today. I took my kids to see it.
He’s created the role and the image of Bono but the truth is he’s not in control of that anymore...
On the subject of one of the film’s themes – rejection - have you been up for a role that you’ve really wanted and not got?

Robert Sheehan

Of course! All the time! Oh God, let me try and think! I read Kick-Ass and went for that. But I didn’t go for the Kick-Ass part, I went for the Red Mist part. But they went a different direction I think. But it’s part and parcel of everyday life for an actor. You might go for 10 or 15 things and get one of them. And that’s the one that you throw your weight behind. I suppose as your career goes on you learn to be a bit more selective and you learn to really get behind the things that you love. So, this was perfect this one. Oh, and X-Men – I didn't get that either.

Ben Barnes

Well, I think there’s a few over the years that have stung a little bit. But this script was one of the ones that I read where I thought I would be furious if someone else played this part because I knew I could do it well - I know I can make a fool of myself admirably. So, I was sitting in my trailer in Australia doing the third Narnia film, brandishing my sword as a guitar, pretending to be Neil. I think when you start reading the script aloud to yourself on page six, you know it’s something you’re going to be upset if someone else gets.
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