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2002-Mar-05: Cameron Crowe Talks About Sir Paul and Vanilla Sky

Last week, Vanilla Sky director, Cameron Crowe, sat in his Santa Monica office and recalled his first meeting with Sir Paul McCartney.  "I sort of walked next to him through the hallway, here, down to the editing room. People kind of turned and did the double, triple, quadruple take, not believing what they were seeing. It was insane!"

Mr. Crowe had invited Sir Paul to his office in the hope that he could convince him to write  a song for the film. After watching 40 minutes of the film, Sir Paul asked Crowe to jump in his car and follow him to his recording studio.  "Here's the greatest part,"  said Mr. Crowe.  "He said, 'If you get lost, just look for the yellow car. The PT Cruiser. We call it the yellow submarine'."

At the recording studio, Sir Paul played some songs, but Crowe didn't hear the acoustic track he wanted for his film. "I said, 'This is really great, but ... if anything comes to you in the next few days and you feel like writing a folk song, you know I would be honored', And I'm looking around the room and guys are looking at me like -- ''He's just played you his new stuff, man! And you're telling him you want something new'?"  But he remembered what Sir Paul had told him, "Get to know me ... because if you ask me for something, I might just come through for you."

Four days later, Sir Paul called to say he'd written a new song for him called Vanilla Sky.  Much later, Sir Paul called again to make sure Mr. Crowe really liked the song and to say that if he didn't like it, he wouldn't have hard feelings - he'd just rename the song Manila Envelope.  "No, no, no," Mr. Crowe replied. "It's Vanilla Sky. And that was that. It's amazing.  He knew just how to shroud the story in a metaphor.  A lot of times a pop or rock star won't know how blatant they should be. It might be a song you really love, but it won't work if it just repeats the story of the movie."

Now Vanilla Sky has received an Academy Award nomination. You may view the Vanilla Sky video on the Oscars.com web site.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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