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M. Night Shyamalan almost directed a blink-182 video

Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus recalled the time the former blink-182 frontman almost got M. Night Shyamalan to direct one of their music videos.

In an awesome 30-minute interview between former blink-182 bandmates Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge, it was revealed that M. Night Shyamalan very nearly directed one of the pop-punks’ music videos.

On the latest episode of Mark’s After School Radio show on Apple Music 1, the pair discuss how a chance encounter with the legendary filmmaker – whose movies famously have huge twist endings – while on tour in Japan almost led to what could have been an extremely big-budget promo…

We were on tour in Japan and we were having lunch in the hotel in Japan, and we look over and M. Night Shyamalan is at a table next to us…” says Mark (via Stereogum), and you’re like, I’m going to go ask him to direct a blink-182 video.’ And I was like, What the hell?’

The dude’s having lunch on a promo tour of his movie in Japan and you just walk up and you’re like, Hey, my name’s Tom DeLonge. I play in a band called blink-182. We’re a big fan of yours. Would you ever direct a blink video?’ ”

Mark continues: And within half an hour, we’re all sitting together and he’s coming up with ideas for a blink video. And I mean, he did come up with a whole treatment and everything. It was going to cost, whatever it was, $20 million, but I mean, just on your gumption or I don’t know, no fucks to give, just walk up to somebody and say, Hey, I want you to direct a blink video.’ ”

See Mark and Tom with M. Night Shyamalan below:

Read this: Being thought of as a joke band is better than an​‘art band’”: The inside story of blink-182’s Enema Of The State

Tom adds that he had a similarly bold approach when it came to once meeting Chris Hemsworth…

It’s Thor,” he says. I was like, all I did is I walked up to him, though, the pitch was a little bit different. I said, Can I kiss you on the lips?’ That was all I said, and that was the ice-breaker. But I was like, well, it was the only question I had is, Why are you so handsome?’ And again, it’s the only thing I asked these actors. 

But that’s funny, Shyamalan, yeah. He, I remember – that is really funny you bringing that up. I remember doing that, and I thought that would have been – he wanted to, you’re right. I think when he found out what music video budgets really were, he was like, This is so beneath me.’ No, he didn’t say that, but of course, he was like, I’m not going to do this, this is a nightmare.’ ”

Posted on August 4th 2021, 10:53a.m.
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