Jim Jarmusch: "I thought Neil (Young) might burn psychic rays through my skull..."
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Here's an interview with Jim Jarmusch on making the film "Dead Man" with Neil Young.
We were trying to transcribe but never finished, so here it is.
We found this quote particularly striking by Jarmusch: "I thought Neil (Young) might burn psychic rays through my skull. He's an intense character."
So we've heard.
Question put to Jim Jarmusch in this months UNCUT , Can you tell me the story about Neil Young working on the Dead Man soundtrack when you were outside the soundbooth and there was "production concerns" Jim Replies , I,m going to get in trouble here .We were recording the soundtrack in a warehouse in San Francisco with a remote outside.We mic,d up the room in various places for Neil to use an electric guitar but he could also use an acoustic or the organ he had .There were screens set up around in a circle so that Neil could record to the picture while the film was playing .It was a rough cut.Neil wanted the dialogue of the film audible to himself.I was worried it was going to bleed into the music so we couldn,t move the music later .When Neil left the room I said to Jay Rabinowitz , the editor "man this isn,t going to work .It,s going to bleed and we,ll never be able to move it , I,ve got to tell him , what do I do ?" Then Neil walks back in , walks right up to me and looks right through my skull saying "I heard what you said , I was out in the truck, you know the whole room is mic,d man? Just loosen up , don,t worry about it .If the score is good you won,t want to move it .Don,t worry about the technical shit , let me do my thing .In the end he was right , because we did not move it .The music landed where Neil played it .But there were very scary moment where I thought Neil might burn psychic rays through my skull, he,s an intense character "(Thanks David F.!)
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