The following article appeared in the September 4, 2007 issue of Jet Magazine
Idlewild: A Story in the Key of Cool
Source: Heather Newgen
At last, Universal's Idlewild is complete and ready for audiences to flash back to the Prohibition-era of the 30's and watch the hip hop boys of Atlanta's OutKast star in their first leading roles. André Benjamin (André 3000) plays Percival, a mortician whose father guilts him to work in the family business, and Antwan Andre Patton (Big Boi) is Rooster, his lovable hoodlum friend who runs a racy night club fight. The two strive to keep their dreams of becoming musicians alive.
The film was supposed to be released some time last year, but because OutKast wasn't completely happy with the music aspect of the movie, the release date was pushed back and so here we are. Idlewild also stars Oscar nominee Terrence Howard and has appearances by Ving Rhames, newcomer Paula Patton, Faizon Love, Malinda Williams, Patti Labelle, Macy Gray, Ben Vereen and Cicely Tyson.
ComingSoon.net talked to André 3000 and Big Boi recently in Los Angeles about the musical and its music:
ComingSoon.net: You guys have sold almost 30 million records as OutKast. What have you found out about the movie business, by making a movie like this that has been delayed and called a hard sell? And, do you think you've made an art film?
André 3000: Honestly, I think anything we try to do, we try to make sure that we're being true to ourselves, and I guess that's being an artist. But, we also know that it has to sell. So, we want people to come to the theater to see it, but at the end of the day, if people just talk about it and say, "This is a necessary film and it's something that needed to be made, and had to be made"... It actually had to be made because all the chips were stacked against us. So, at the end of the day, if nobody comes to the theater, we just know we had a great time doing it, and somebody will be influenced by it. This ain't no bulls**t interview answer.
Big Boi: I concur. [Laughs]
CS: In terms of the cultural synergies in the film, what were the challenges of making it into something coherent, with regard to music, dance and general culture?
Big Boi: Well, I guess, one of the major challenges was, when we first started to shoot the film, we were like, "We don't have all the music ready. We really don't have it all together right now." They were like, "Well, don't worry about it. We'll work around it." So, as soon as we got on the set, after the first week of shooting, we would be shooting on a Monday and they'd be like, "Well, you know, on Wednesday, we need a song for this scene right here," and we'd be like, "I thought y'all was going to give us time." But, it worked out right in the fact of, we already had some songs already prepared. The storyline was so strong to where you really didn't have to rely all the way on the music like that. So, we got a chance to work on them both, at the same time. But, if we had to do it again, we would definitely have all of the music first. (Read More...)
The following article appeared in the July/August 2006 issue of Hollywood Life Magazine