Lenny Kravitz talks Mick Jagger and the response to his casting as Cinna

March 25, 2012 | No Comments »
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Lenny Kravitz reveals to Collider the response he got from friends and family once he was cast as Cinna, as well as his quick approach to filming and music.

What was the reaction when you started telling friends or family that you were going to be doing this.

KRAVITZ: Well, I didn’t know how big the book was.  So I’m telling people and all these kids are like, “What?  You’re doing Hunger Games?  You’re playing Cinna?”  Everywhere I was going.  And I was like, “How did I miss this?”  Everybody’s kid had read the book.  Everyone.  Even adults: “Oh, I read the book, too.  The books are great.  I read all three of them.”  “Really?”  People were blown away that I got this.  All of a sudden my cool factor went up with the youth, man.

Some people like the two-take method, the Clint Eastwood.  Some actors like doing the David Fincher method of 50 takes.

KRAVITZ: I like the 1-2 times.  Because that’s how I do music.  I like when you’re not quite sure what you’re doing.  I like that edge.  Any song you’ve heard on my album, that was the first or second take.  And the vocal is always right when I’ve just written it.  I’ll write the vocal and I’ll still have the words on a music stand.  And I don’t really know them, but I know them because I’ve just written them.  I like that edge, because then you get mistakes.  Mistakes are the best part.  There’s so many mistakes on my records.  “Mistakes” that are the spice, that’s the thing that made it.  Same thing with doing takes.  I like to just nail it.  But I’m there to please the director.  So if he wants to do it ten times, we do it ten times.

Also, I wanted to share this great story he shared about Mick Jagger karaoke!

I ask this of everybody: What is your go-to karaoke song?  Have you ever actually done karaoke?

KRAVITZ: I’ve never done karaoke.  I’ve never done it.  Isn’t that weird?  I’ll tell you my favorite karaoke moment, which is not karaoke per se.  I was on vacation with Mick Jagger once, several years ago.  He was on a world tour.  This is what we do.  The throat is a muscle.  So if you’re touring, you have to build up the strength of your voice.  Now all of a sudden if you have a month off and you don’t sing, that first show, you’re gonna not be happening.  And you might get hoarse, and it fucks up the whole next leg of the tour.  So you have to keep singing.  We were having dinner and he said, “Lenny, excuse me, I’ll be back in about 45 minutes.”  So he goes downstairs and all of a sudden I’m hearing “Brown Sugar.”  And I’m hearing Mick.  What Mick is doing (because I had to peep), he was dancing around and doing Rolling Stones karaoke to keep his breath up and to keep his voice up so that he would stay up on his off time.  He had a band tape of Stones with no vocals that they would record at sound check, right?  He’s doing Mick Jagger karaoke downstairs, and I’m listening to this.  I was like, “This is the best moment of my life.”

Be sure to check out the full interview here.

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