Are you ready to rock? Not only does ”The Mummy” spinoff ”The Scorpion King” (in theaters April 19) star the eyebrow-lifting WWF wrestler Dwayne ”The Rock” Johnson, the movie’s soundtrack features a lineup of such hard-core A-listers as System of A Down, P.O.D., Sevendust, Ozzy Osbourne, and Rob Zombie. And discriminating headbangers take note: The album (Universal Records) is co-executive produced by Godsmack lead singer Sully Erna. EW.com talked to Erna, 33, about his band’s next CD, bonding over babies with The Rock, and coming out of the Wiccan closet.
How did you find time to produce ”The Scorpion King” soundtrack in addition to Godsmack’s follow-up to ”Awake”?
I had a little bit of time before we started writing the new album. And it turned out that [”Scorpion King”] director Chuck Russell was a fan of Godsmack and wanted to use our song ”Voodoo” in the movie. Because the song was a little dated, he wanted me to redo it, and I wasn’t really up for that. Instead I submitted some new music I had written [”I Stand Alone”]. Once we were working together, he leaned on me a little bit to help him find some of the best up-and-coming bands.
In past interviews you mentioned wanting Incubus, Metallica, and Staind on the soundtrack. How come they didn’t make it on the album?
The list I initially put together was pretty healthy, and you can’t put 50 bands on a soundtrack. Incubus and all of them were making their own noise as it was, and we wanted a combination of brand names and upcoming bands.
You shot a video for ”I Stand Alone” with The Rock. Did you smell what he was cooking?
I was a little bit nervous about meeting him, partly because I had to do a little bit of acting with him, and partly because I’d heard he was a d—head. But he was one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. He spent an hour or two talking to me, telling me how much he liked our album and quoting lyrics. We both had a baby around the same time, so we really hit it off.
Do you plan on staying in the soundtrack business?
I’m actually working on Pauly Shore’s new movie, ”You’ll Never Wiez in This Town Again.” He plays himself, and in the story he fakes his own death to revive his career. Everyone from Ben Stiller to Sean Penn and Fred Durst is in it. Right now it looks like Staind, Disturbed, P.O.D., and Limp Bizkit will be contributing, plus this band called Drop Box, who I’m signing to my own label, Spiral Records. A lot of bands have been stepping up and saying they’re into it, because after they saw the buzz over ”The Scorpion King,” they’re like, all right, we’re in!