“I wish we wouldn’t put that f—ing movie out,” said Hawkins to NME of the film, which openly chronicles his battles with drug addiction and the band’s brushes with near-dissolution. “I’m not really comfortable with the public sort of openness.”
Take a look at the trailer:
Turning the camera on yourself is always a dangerous concept for a band; Metallica ran into just such a problem a few years back when they released Some Kind of Monster, an unflinching look inside the recording of their 2003 album St. Anger that saw them coping with James Hetfield’s alcoholism, Jason Newsted’s exit and Lars Ulrich’s general personality. The Flaming Lips also dealt with some harsh reality in their otherwise feel-good flick The Fearless Freaks, mostly due to the drug use of lead guitarist Steven Drozd.
Still, even Hawkins recognizes that a movie about a band getting along probably wouldn’t find much of an audience. “We almost broke up and I almost died and all those crazy things have happened,” he said. “And that’s what people want. If they’re gonna watch a f—ing movie about you they don’t just want some guys sitting around and going, ‘Ooh, it was really great and then we were all so happy and then we played this show and things just got better and we made lot of money.’ That would be boring and unrealistic.”
Though as frontman Dave Grohl points out, perhaps the most unrealistic concept introduced in the movie is the fact that a band called Foo Fighters has become one of the biggest rock acts in the world.
What do you think, Foos fans—will you be seeking out the movie, or content to stick with the band’s new Wasting Light?