Damon Q&A on movies
Favourite film composer?
DA: It has to be Ennio Morricone, without a shadow of a doubt.
Favourite film score?
DA: Maybe Once Upon A Time In America.
DA: (Long pause) I like films for different reasons, so… Well, a music-related film that’s just outrageous, that goes through so many visual identities is Casino Royale. Unbelievable.
DA: I’m a big Jim Carrey fan these days.
DA: I suppose someone like Susan Sarandon is really cool.
Any directors you’d like to work with?
DA: I’d like to do something for the Coen Brothers. And you know, just to get the chance to do a Scorsese film would be absolutely incredible. He’s one of the few who uses songs in movies well, who really knows his stuff.
Quote us a line of movie dialogue…
DA: I can’t even quote a song – any popular song – more than two lines. I’m not that good at that sort of thing, but a film I learned off by heart when I was a kid was Meantime. I can still quote chunks of it.
What’s the best acting advice anyone ever gave you?
DA: Well, I was always being told not to try so hard. I really didn’t understand what people meant – I think it means not to be afraid of being yourself.
Favourite movie of last year?
DA: The films I enjoyed the most were The Thin Red Line, The Idiots and The Truman Show. I only saw that one last year.
The last truly appalling film you saw?
DA: It was one of those Movie Choice things in a hotel, it had Val Kilmer playing a blind masseur (At First Sight). I don’t think I lasted more than half-way through. And that was when I’d watched absolutely everything to be had and you’re really desperate.
Favourite Irish film?
DA: Does My Left Foot count? I hate Daniel Day Lewis but I love that film. I love the story.
The movie biz vs the film biz – compare and contrast…
DA: They both have their level of intensity but you’re at different points in the creative process, you know?
And the token Blur question. Favourite single?
DA: “Beetlebum” and “Tender”, really. They’re the ones I enjoy singing the most.