Monday, October 29, 2012

Stand Up Guys

(October 11, 2012)

Jon was on-hand in Chicago for the 48th Annual Chicago International Film Festival. The Festival boasts one of the starriest opening nights in its history, with Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin, and Jon Bon Jovi all walking the red carpet for the October 11th world premiere of Fisher Stevens’ crime comedy, "Stand Up Guys".

From the Chicago Tribune:

Stand Up Guys” hits theaters Jan. 11 and revolves around a recently released convict (Pacino) reliving the glory days with two former criminal associates, one of whom (Walken) has been ordered by a former mob boss to kill him. The role required Pacino, 72, to once again hold a gun on film, but he hardly considers himself an expert at this point in his career.

"I was talking to a few police officers yesterday and saw their guns and said, 'I’ve done so many roles with guns, (but) when I finish the part I forget what a gun does,'" said Pacino, known for his gun-toting roles in 1983’s "Scarface" and 1995’s "Heat," among others. "Every time I get another part with a gun, I say, 'How do you load this thing again?' I never thought of myself as being a gun person."

Rocker Jon Bon Jovi, who contributed two songs to the “Stand Up Guys” soundtrack, also was on hand. Bon Jovi famously wrote “Blaze of Glory” for 1990’s “Young Guns II” but has for the most part stayed away from writing songs specifically for soundtracks since then.

"I sort of forgot that I knew how to do it," Bon Jovi said. "I was writing a lot and getting ready for the record and said to my manager, 'If there are any great scripts out there...' I wrote the end title song (and) one that’s a big part of the movie."

Asked why he and other artists don’t write classic soundtrack songs anymore, Bon Jovi boasted, "I’m here to relight that fire."


In this video clip, Jon Bon Jovi Discusses Writing Songs For 'Stand Up Guys' (thanks YouTuber christophe lecerf for this)

And Battlegs for this one:

And this from YouAndMeThisMorning, who talks to JBJ as well as the stars of the picture:

Stand Up Guys Dates:
Soundtrack Album Digital - Tue Dec 4th
Soundtrack Album Physical - Tue Jan 8th, 2013
Score Album Digital/Physical- Tue Jan 29th
Film Opens In Theaters World-Wide - Friday Feb 1st


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