U2 singer Bono and guitarist The Edge were supposed to be part of our Friday feature asking about movies they'd recommend to aspiring young talent.
But, like Frank Sinatra, who Bono once sang a duet with, they did things their own way. They didn't exactly answer our question -- What one movie would you recommend an aspiring young actor or director see, and why? -- but they spoke with conviction about two favorite albums (Torches and Horses) and one movie (It Might Get Loud).
Bono and The Edge were talking to TIFF's Thom Powers during the festival last September. It was an on-stage interview to promote Davis Guggenheim’s opening gala film From the Sky Down, a documentary on the difficult creation of U2's 1991 album, Achtung Baby.
The Star question was posed to them via Twitter. It might have been our fault for confusing them, because we expanded the query slightly to include both albums and films.
But even though their responses didn't make our feature Friday, we thought you'd like to know what the two albums and one movie are that the U2 gents say rock their world.
Their responses can also be seen and heard in a TIFF video, which is available here, beginning about the 12-minute mark:
Bono, album: “For me, a seminal album for us would have been Patti Smith’s Horses. You talk about brutal honesty: that opening line, 'Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine.' When I was 16, I was like, “I do not know what this woman is on about, but I’d better find out.”
Bono, film: "It Might Get Loud. It’s a documentary Davis (Guggenheim) has made on folk music." (Bono was being both diplomatic -- Guggenheim was sitting next to him -- and maybe a bit playful. It Might Get Loud isn't about folk music, as the title hints.)
The Edge (album only, no film mentioned): "I think Torches by Foster the People is a very interesting new album. Very 21st century pop, but it’s beautifully made and thrilling. You see, we’re always interested in the new thing …. As a guitar player, particularly, it seems to me that the guy who has just picked it up for the first time and is learning the instrument might stumble upon some new angle. I’m always fascinated to see where it’s about to go."