Two masters of their crafts shared the stage at the Beacon Theatre during the Tribeca Film Festival Friday (4/28). Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks spent an hour in front of a full house that opened with a brief exchange about director Jonathan Demme and Philadelphia, the 1993 film that earned the actor and musician Academy Awards. Springsteen called the director, who passed away earlier in the week, '...such an inspirational guy' and Hanks added, 'Well, I have to tell you, if you ever want to have a great moment in a motion picture, walk out a door and make sure they just put up a Bruce Springsteen Song.' But, oddly for a film festival event, the musician got the starring role. Hanks was there to provide the Q's in the Q&A session. Some highlights:
Bruce saying the bold change of sound and direction of Born To Run emerged because '...we weren't selling any records the other way'
When the audience was asked whether anyone there had seen Bruce live pre-E Street Band, one person clapped. Bruce quipped 'He's lying'.
Manager Jon Landau's passion for films provided a lot of inspiration for the songs Springsteen wrote for Darkness on the Edge of Town.
Born In The U.S.A. is an album he is conflicted about.
His realization that even though he is most comfortable as a musician, 'At the end of the day, it's just our job. It's just your work. Life awaits you outside of those things.' RollingStone.com