Anthony Kiedis: I'm A Pepper

Q: Tom Hanks and his family are fans of yours, aren't they?

A: Yep, because they have kids who like our music. I was at an event and [Hanks's wife] Rita Wilson came up to me and said, "It's a huge pleasure to meet you, I'm a big fan. My family loves your music. I had to buy each kid a separate CD of Californication because they all wanted their own." Then Tom Hanks came over, and it's nice to meet someone of that stature who cares about what I'm doing. Don't ask me why, but it is.

Q: Do you remember auditioning for Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho when you were high?

A: Oh, I was in terrible shape that day. I later realized I should have gone up to Gus and said, "I've been up for two days, I'm high out of my mind, psychologically shattered, I have no business trying to read a single word."

Q: What movies about the music business got it right?

A: Name some.

Q: The Doors.

A: Something about it I just didn't like.

Q: Help!

A: I loved it when I was a kid.

Q: The Harder They Come.

A: Great movie. That definitely comes the closest. And a great soundtrack.

Q: The Last Waltz.

A: It was like eight hours long--I got bored to death with it.

Q: Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

A: Saw it off-Broadway--it has nothing to do with anything in the music business that I've ever been exposed to, but it was entertaining.

Q: Why is being in a band better than being in the movies?

A: It's not necessarily better--it's more meaningful to me. I don't really know what it is to be in the movies, but we get to write our own material based on anything we want; we get to perform our material, record it. We are the writers, the actors, the directors, the producers, all in one.

Q: So if you had to choose between being a movie star or a rock star...

A: I'd never, ever trade places. For one thing, if you make a record, it's something that people get to listen to 100 times. You make a movie, maybe someone sees it twice.


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