Gets U2 on a Roll With Video Ideas
Jim Sheridan, the Oscar-nominated
director, is turning his hand to something new -—
rock music. The country's leading filmmaker has agreed to
help U2 make videos for their forthcoming album, How to
Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.
Bono has described Sheridan,
55, as a "mentor" and the two have been friends
for more than 25 years. The U2 lead singer penned one of
the theme tunes for Sheridan's recent award-winning film,
In America, and also worked on his 1993 hit, In the Name
of the Father.
"He's a mentor to me,"
said Bono, who performed rock songs as a teenager in a theatre
owned by Sheridan. "It's like he's always been a presence
in my life."
A spokesperson for Sheridan's
Hell's Kitchen company told the Sunday Times: "Jim
is a great admirer and friend of Bono and the Edge. He enjoys
working with them. 'Vertigo' (U2's single) is already shot,
and he has given the lads some advice on certain aspects."
"Jim is a world-class
director and his ideas are mind blowing," said a U2
"The lads hired two
very clever directors, but Jim was in the background, lending
Alex Courtes and Martin
Fougerol, the two French directors, put together a crew
of 60 to shoot the scenes in the wildlife sanctuary of Punta
del Fangar, an hour south of Barcelona in Spain. The video
sees the band engaged in a spectacular adventure involving
helicopters, quad bikes and cranes.
The Edge said: "We
had rain, high winds and were sandblasted to bits. How come
Duran Duran got to go to the Seychelles and hang out with
beautiful girls on yachts?" Sheridan once said Bono,
43, was an inspiration, claiming the singer should be an
"a**hole" because of his power and money but had
shown "tremendous resilience and personal strength
not to become one."
The new album is out next
month and marks a return to U2's rock and roll roots.
"It feels like a special
record," said Bono. "From the start, we wanted
to make our own Who's Next, where every track mattered,
and I think we have done that."
U2 will kick off a European
tour next June by playing the new Hill 16 venue at Croke
Park on June 26 and 27.
The Times, October 03, 2004
© The Times, 2004.