Creative People Say The Darndest Things: Paul Rudd, M.I.A., Elisabeth Moss, David Lang and Doug Wheeler


“…they asked me if I would want to write it. I was shocked. I’m sure they were confusing me with PAUL RUDNICK, someone who’s actually written something. Or PAUL RODRIGUEZ. I kind of have a MILLION TO JUAN feeling about me.” PAUL RUDD on becoming involved with the writing on ROLE MODELS [The Onion]

“Me and Blaqstarr found the image at the end from a JOY DIVISION video and thought about the election and thats how people want you to see the world , black/ white , good/ evil, jesus/devil for you the words are Obama vs McCain for me its terror vs genocide simple maths so we put it on at the end to show how far we’ve gone and how far we’ve come, i have to start staying at home more because i dont think i can fit through my front door anymore but i want this to do the traveling for me.” – a blog post from a very pregnant M.I.A. on the video for “S.U.S. (Save UR Soul)” [Boing Boing]

“I never thought there’d come a day when I’d be compared to MADONNA. The dialogue was hard at first. Just learning the lines. But now the hardest thing is — my character. Being completely honest each performance as if I’ve never done it before. I have to be careful not to play the ending; the payoff [is] in that last scene … [and] it’s not gonna work unless you really don’t see it coming.” – MAD MEN‘s ELISABETH MOSS on the challenges of playing Karen in SPEED-THE-PLOW [Pop Matters]

“I wrote it for this singer, PAUL HILLYER. When I got the commission from Carnegie Hall, I did some research into what he’s done and realized that because he’s a singer, he’s spent his whole life doing vocal music from the Western tradition — which means in the service of Christian music. It just sort of hit me — that’s always been a strange sore spot for me, because I’m a Jewish composer, who loves classical music and feels it very deeply, but there are times you are sort of hit in the face with the fact that a lot of it is about being in the service of a religion that is not yours.” – DAVID LANG on composing his Pulitzer-prize winning “The Little Match Girl Passion” [NYM]

“I have a number of things I really hope I can do, but I’m not good at courting the people I need to court. Rich people I don’t really like very much, so it’s kind of like that. I don’t need to prove anything at this point in my life. I do what I can do and if I can, that’s fine.” – DOUG WHEELER on his place in art history [MAO]