20 years after the release of the Beastie Boys’ memorable video for the hit single “Sabotage,” the video’s director is speaking out about the full-length film inspired by the song that never got made. Spike Jonze spoke with Indiewire about the project as well as who each of the band members were slated to play.
Jonze told the website, “The four of us wrote a script together. It was called We Can Do This because it had…it was so surreal and out there and Adam “MCA” Yauch’sfilmmaker alter-ego Nathanial Hornblower was a character as the director. One of the characters from “Sabotage,” Sir Stuart Wallace, was a character. Both played by Yauch and it just would’ve been ridiculous and fun…there were no 1970s cops in it, but it was definitely in the same spirit.” The Her director continued, “It was about Hornblower. Mike played a Country star–those songs we wrote for the movie, actually. Adam Horovitz played this kid, Nino Vincenzi, who lived on Roosevelt Island with his dad who was a mechanic, and he was a little bit a John Travolta inSaturday Night Fever…He had all these dreams and aspirations, but he was awkward and couldn’t dance. So he didn’t even have that going for him. But yeah, I forget all the different characters but…it would have been funny.”
- Horovitz acts in the upcoming film While We’re Young.