Debbie Harry of ‘Blondie’ on David Cronenberg, ‘So Unreal’| Trending Viral hub

Lead vocalist of “Blondie” Debbie Harry spoke about his film career in Rotterdam International Film Festival.

“I don’t know much about the film industry, but I’ve been lucky enough to receive scripts from directors I admire and trust, and who scare me a little. It’s a small selection of interesting films that are a bit strange. I guess my weirdness fits into that.”

There was nothing stranger than David Cronenberg’s “Videodrome.”

“We didn’t know what ‘virtual’ was. Back then we didn’t have a term (for it). We didn’t know what my character was, but we knew who she was and what she was doing to others. I think Jimmy Woods had more problems than me. Let’s face it: Cronenberg is out there and he always has been,” she said.

“The movie didn’t have an ending and some people were getting quite nervous about it. They really harassed David: ‘What’s going to happen!?’ But the idea was to work with Cronenberg and that’s how it was going to be.”

Still, she sometimes felt “way over her head” as an actress.

“I was just trying to keep up,” he admitted. Before “Videodrome,” Harry starred in Marcus Reichert’s “Union City.”

“The film was shown in Cannes and then it was destroyed. After that there was no way to save him. “I’m happy I made it, but he was the one who suffered,” she said. Later, they were reunited in a film version of his play “Percy Lifar”, which was never completed due to his death.

“I had a feeling of joy when I finished and you can take it wherever you want. Then a few days later, she left and the movie disappeared. I never saw a single shot. I would like to see it? Yes, before everyone else sees it.”

Roles in Peter Greenaway’s “The Tulse Luper Suitcases: Antwerp” and John Waters’ “Hairspray” followed.

“We didn’t want ‘Hairspray’ to end. Some of these kids were actors, some were wannabes, some were sex maniacs and just wanted to dance. We all felt that way and I couldn’t even dance. Normally, if the music is on, I move.”

“So unreal”
Courtesy of IFFR

During a long conversation with the director of “So Unreal” Amanda Kramer, “an essay film about cyberspace and technophobia,” which she narrated, Harry addressed some of her insecurities. From watching herself in old music videos, including those directed by HR Giger – “watching it makes me want to tear my eyebrows off” – to her pronunciation.

“I’m not that bad with vowels, but I could work on consonants. Tomorrow I’ll go to a speech therapist. Is anyone here a critic? I am more critical than you, much more,” she assured the attendees. With Giger, she collaborated on his solo album “KooKoo”.

“When we started making videos, it was very primitive. They were simple: lip-syncing, pretending and looking cute, trying to find good lighting. Giger had free rein: we didn’t try to edit it in any way. He just won an Oscar for ‘Alien’! He was Swiss. “I don’t think learning English was his priority and we weren’t learning German fast enough, so it was all about energy,” he recalled.

Andy Warhol taught him to listen: “He always said, ‘Really?’ He stimulated the people. “Andy Warhol understood you and asked for more.” He also showed her how to accept the new.

“The spirit of doing something different is what Chris (Stein, ‘Blondie’ co-founder) and I really adhere to. That’s what your film is also about. It is to embrace this possibility, there is even a future. And that’s very human,” he said, turning to Kramer and talking about today’s online world.

“I understand that it is a fascination and a toy, but sometimes I find it ridiculous. We have different times in which there are different measures of courtesy and the etiquette is not there yet.”

Recalling being “spellbound” by The Doors and Tina Turner: “he walked past me and I almost fainted. These moments, right? – Harry continues to rely on real life experiences.

“The audience is extremely important to how the show runs and how the players play. I know that when I look outside, and really look at you, that will direct my performance. The boys are always searching too, although we are not looking for the same thing,” she laughs.

“We are animals. We smell, we hear, we see and we feel. That’s the missing part. I know it’s part of progress and I’m an old bastard, but I like to feel the heat. I like being an animal.”

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