New interview with Mikey Way and Gerard Way.
Title: “My Chemical Romance Talk Glee And The Big Day Out”
Source: Take 40 (via mcrupdates)
Date: February 1 (made available internationally February 6)
Transcribed By: Cassie
[Commentary interspersed with “SING” video footage. Note: This website seems pretty tabloid-y, and they seem to be kind of egging the guys on with questions that sort of waste their time. Gerard and Mikey, as you will see, don’t play into it and seem slightly annoyed.]
Take 40: What is it like being on the charts with Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Beyoncé?
Gerard Way: You know, when it happens, it is comfortable because I think that the music and the art we make is—it should be out there. That’s why it’s made. So, if like it’s butted up against anything else that’s deemed relevant at the time, then that’s acceptable. You know, that’s fine.
Mikey Way: You, I mean, I just think it’s kind of cool that, like, you know— we’re a bunch of friends who recorded a demo in an attic, played VFW halls and basements, and the fact that—yeah—we get mentioned sometimes in the same light as that, it’s kind of interesting.
Gerard Way: [Do we] embarrass easily? No, you know what—we’re kind of like animals. Like, if somebody tries to embarrass us, we lash out pretty meanly.
Mikey Way: Yeah…
Gerard Way: It doesn’t really—. It’s—. I mean, we’re a rock band, so we’re kind of allowed to do that. We also don’t show up for red carpets and crap like that.
Mikey Way: Yeah, we don’t go to that stuff…
Gerard Way: So, we don’t put ourselves in positions to be embarrassed or—. ‘cause I find that if you’re putting yourself out there in that way, and that’s the kind of attention you want, you will ultimately be shamed, embarrassed, messed-with, et cetera.
Mikey Way: We’ve never really had, like, an “awkward celebrity moment.” If anything, people have always been really kind to us.
Take 40: Who does a better version of “SING:” You or Glee?
Gerard Way: Us. [grinning]
Mikey Way: Yeah, I wouldn’t even think that was talking shit. I think we do a better version, but their version was cool.
Gerard Way: I know a lot of people found out about the song that way, but that’s the point. Hearing the original, they might have been like, “Oh, that’s a lot harder” or “harsher,” rather. That’s the idea. The idea with Danger Days and especially that song was to subvert and get under the skin of certain individuals politically, socially, and also to get on national TV. Once that option was there, it was kind of like, “Yeah! That’s why it was written:” to get in there and talk about just how we feel about the world.
Mikey Way: There’s some different harmonies they [mumbled, inaudible]
Gerard Way: They kind of stacked a lot of vocals, a lot of harmonies and stuff, but that’s about it. I didn’t like the outfits, for sure…
Mikey Way: It was cool to see it in a different light. It was basically being like, “Well, how would you do this?” I mean, it was similar, but different.
Take 40: Kanye West VS Soundgarden: Who would win?
Gerard Way: [shaking head with a bemused smile] we’re not gonna go near it.
Take 40: [calling out in the background] Why? Because it’s—
Gerard Way: [direct] ‘cause I don’t care. [laughs]
Mikey Way: Yeah…
Gerard Way: Let me put it this way: We’ve been asked a lot of questions about the festival, like, “What’s going on with it?” First of all, there’s something every year with every festival. There’s always some kind of drama, whatever. [quickly] Personally, I think it’s a conspiracy to drive ticket sales, but that’s an aside.
Mikey Way: Yeah, people love drama…
Gerard Way: Our hour onstage is the same hour as any other festival we ever play, and it’s fucking awesome. And I don’t think or look or pay attention to anybody else’s hour but ours, and I feel like we’ve got the best hour, so.
Mikey Way: We like to stay drama free.
Gerard Way: Yup…
Mikey Way: Drama free.
The Glee star, 24, on playing a gay character, and those embarrassing videos on YouTube…
What is your earliest memory?
My brother’s birthday at our house in Hawaii when I was about four. I was born in San Francisco, but we moved immediately to Hawaii. I remember people running round with painted faces and sunglasses, and wondering why I wasn’t in on the fun.
When you were ten years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
It’s insane, but I’m doing exactly what I wanted to do as a ten-year-old: performing. I remember seeing Aladdin when I was five or six and loving it. I looked at the big screen and said to my mum, ‘Whatever this Genie guy does, I want to do.’ Mum said I couldn’t be a genie, but that Robin Williams, who did the voiceover in the film, was an actor. So
I said, ‘OK, then, I want to be an actor.’ Being on Glee – acting, performing, singing for so many fans – is this marvellous serendipity.
What’s it like playing a gay man on Glee when you’re straight?
It’s just like any other part. As an actor it’s your job to empathise with your character regardless of whether they have a different sexual orientation, spiritual beliefs, or anything.
Who is your best friend?
The guys from my theatre company Team StarKid. My favourite memory with them is from when we were performing A Very Potter Musical just before I started Glee. We recorded ourselves singing and dancing and it was a huge hit on YouTube. It was quite daunting; we were, like, ‘Oh my God, we look like a bunch of idiots.’ But experiences like that brought us closer together and that’s why we’re such good friends now.
If you got stuck in a lift, who would be your dream companion?
Eddie Izzard. I met him once in a grocery store in the middle of Hollywood – I imagine he’d be very clever and together we’d think of a way out of there.
Where’s your happy place?
I believe that it’s not where you are, it’s who you’re with. But I’d have to say Los Angeles or Chicago, with my friends from college and Team StarKid and the Glee production company.
Where is home?
For now it’s LA, though I’m such a vagabond and a nomad – I live on aeroplanes. But I don’t mind travelling; I think it makes you appreciate your whereabouts.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
I have an unabashed adoration of cheesy pop music. Food-wise, it has to be ham and cheese waffle sandwiches. You take two waffles – any regular freezer brand – toast them and then fill them with ham and cheese. But I also believe that if you find something pleasurable, you shouldn’t feel guilty about it!
What was your last good deed?
Recently, a friend of mine in Chicago was feeling down, so I flew him to London – where I was staying at the time – and he was my red-carpet date for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows premiere. So I guess that’s a selfish good deed!
Bus, taxi or walk?
Depends. Obviously, when I’m with the Glee cast, there’s a big red arrow hovering above our heads, so we’ve got to take taxis. But generally I’m much more of a subway guy. And one of the nicest things about being in London is that I can walk everywhere.
What did you have for breakfast today?
Absolutely nothing. A phone was delivered to my room to do this interview. This is my breakfast!
What word or phrase do you say too often?
When I’m in the UK I find myself using a lot of Britishisms. I like saying ‘pissed’ in the British sense, meaning drunk. In America it just means angry.
James: What is your favorite curse word, Dan?
Dan: Bollocks. Bollocks is not an American word… Would you have to bleep that? Bollocks is okay, isn’t it? Okay, good.
James: We don’t have to bleep fanny, but you do in England.
Dan: Yeah, we do, which is the weird thing. Means vagina in England in case anyone was wondering. Some of you might have been in the dark!
QUESTION: What’s your brothers best attribute?
JAMES: He’s related to me.
Another long interview with the guys in Finland, enjoy!