Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Ben Stiller Confirms Collaboration with Elton

Is Elton John really writing a musical for you about a guy who has Aids?
Yes and no. A friend of mine has been working on the script for a long time. It’s about a Broadway theatre director and Elton is writing the music for it. It’s really funny. It’s been fun to have an excuse to call up Elton John and talk about stuff. Surreal.

Have you met him before?
A few times. I’m a huge Elton John fan. His music has meant a lot to me through the years so to have conversations with him about something we’re working on and pretending that’s normal is always fun. I’m very starstruck around him because I think he’s such a genius.

Was he what you expected?
He’s a really nice, warm, self-effacing guy. But often people who have got to that level of talent and success are incredibly cool and humble.

Are you cool and humble?
I haven’t got to that level of talent and success yet. But when I’m talking to Elton, I realise the creative process is what it’s all about for him. You’ve got to love doing what you do and not get caught up in the results of it, as hard as it is to stay away from that. You have to do it for the joy of doing it and not worry about box office success. You’ve got to do it because you want to.

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