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Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong On His New Film, Why Donald Trump Is 'Evil' And Why Hyde Park Is Going To Be 'Spectacular'

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  • Oct 14
    Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong On His New Film, Why Donald Trump Is 'Evil' And Why Hyde Park Is Going To Be 'Spectacular'

    October promises to be a big month for Billie Joe Armstrong. Last week saw the release of ‘Revolution Radio’, Green Day’s first album in four years and a barnstorming return to form, while this week, you’ll find him starring in Ordinary World, writer-director Lee Kirk’s heartwarming comedy about a former punk musician turned suburban house-husband, who uses the occasion of his 40th birthday to host a blowout party in the presidential suite of a swanky Manhattan hotel. NME caught up with the Green Day frontman to talk acting, guerrilla filmmaking and the existential dangers of Donald Trump...

    Ordinary World isn’t your first acting role, but movies are a fairly new thing for you. Did the American Idiot musical give you a taste for it?
    Yeah, the American Idiot musical was really the thing that gave me the bug to give acting a shot, and I had a lot of off-time with Green Day, so I figured, why not do it if something comes along? Then Ordinary World came along, and it seemed like the perfect role to sink my teeth into.

    You’re in almost every scene in Ordinary World, and the film stands or falls on your performance. It must have been nerve-wracking, to be so far outside your comfort zone, with so much depending on you…
    Sure. Leading up to it, there were times when I was like, ‘God, I hope I don’t destroy this guy’s precious script!’ But I worked closely with [writer and director] Lee Kirk a lot before we started shooting, and we fleshed out the character together, to get into it as much as I could. And after a couple of days, it felt really good. The part that I actually related to most was the whole independent spirit the movie was made in - it was a guerrilla style of filming, and I was sleeping in churches in-between takes. It was fun.

    Full interview at NME: HERE

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on October 14, 2016 - 1:46am

October promises to be a big month for Billie Joe Armstrong. Last week saw the release of ‘Revolution Radio’, Green Day’s first album in four years and a barnstorming return to form, while this week, you’ll find him starring in Ordinary World, writer-director Lee Kirk’s heartwarming comedy about a former punk musician turned suburban house-husband, who uses the occasion of his 40th birthday to host a blowout party in the presidential suite of a swanky Manhattan hotel. NME caught up with the Green Day frontman to talk acting, guerrilla filmmaking and the existential dangers of Donald Trump...

Ordinary World isn’t your first acting role, but movies are a fairly new thing for you. Did the American Idiot musical give you a taste for it?
Yeah, the American Idiot musical was really the thing that gave me the bug to give acting a shot, and I had a lot of off-time with Green Day, so I figured, why not do it if something comes along? Then Ordinary World came along, and it seemed like the perfect role to sink my teeth into.

You’re in almost every scene in Ordinary World, and the film stands or falls on your performance. It must have been nerve-wracking, to be so far outside your comfort zone, with so much depending on you…
Sure. Leading up to it, there were times when I was like, ‘God, I hope I don’t destroy this guy’s precious script!’ But I worked closely with [writer and director] Lee Kirk a lot before we started shooting, and we fleshed out the character together, to get into it as much as I could. And after a couple of days, it felt really good. The part that I actually related to most was the whole independent spirit the movie was made in - it was a guerrilla style of filming, and I was sleeping in churches in-between takes. It was fun.

Full interview at NME: HERE

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