NEW YORK TIMES
01-10 – NEW YORK TIMES
Billie Joe Armstrong Considers Film and Theater Projects
By PATRICK HEALY
As a follow-up to his “American Idiot” musical now on Broadway, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong said on Sunday night that he’d like to try his hand at creating an original musical with Michael Mayer, the director of “American Idiot.” The two men, interviewed as part of The Times’s Arts & Leisure Weekend, said they had no definite plans, but Mr. Armstrong rhapsodized frequently about this first experience with theater — creating “American Idiot” with Mr. Mayer (“Spring Awakening”) and now performing in the show through late February as the malevolent character St. Jimmy.
“I think I’d be interested in the future of really getting into writing specifically for a show, that’s something I’d really love to do,” said Mr. Armstrong, the lead singer of the band Green Day, whose 2004 album “American Idiot” formed the basis of the musical. “The kind of music that I like is very immediate and very catchy, and you identify with it quickly, and I try to write that way. And in musical theater it’s the same thing: you identify with the songs immediately, the good ones anyway.”
Asked if they had any specific ideas for a show, the two men indicated that they did not, though Mr. Mayer said, “We’ve got a little Rolodex we go through.”
They are also working to create a film version of “American Idiot.” Mr. Mayer said: “We’re definitely in talks. There are people who have the ability to make it happen, who have expressed genuine interest in it, and we want to do it, so I think it could happen.” He declined to identify the potential producers, but news reports said that the Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman were interested.
On the matter of playing St. Jimmy in a film, Mr. Armstrong smiled and shrugged and said nothing, but Mr. Mayer chimed in: “I think that’s a no-brainer.”