This week, it's all about the main players in the indie film/musical Once, as Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova appear not once, but thrice on evening talk shows. They'll both perform and sit down for an interview tonight on Leno, Wednesday on Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, and the Friday on Last Call With Carson Daly.
Hansard is already a rock star in Ireland, being the lead singer/songwriter of the hugely popular The Frames, and had collaborated previously with the then 17-year old Irglova on the album The Swell Season. The duo are touring in support of the film and soundtrack currently, under this moniker of The Swell Season.
The film, directed by ex-Frames bass player John Carney, was initially written as an excuse to use some the songs from that collaboration and had cast Irglova opposite actor Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later, Sunshine) in the lead. Murphy ended up backing out because of Irglova's inexperience, which opened the door for Hansard to step in and sing the songs he was already writing for the role. While the lead characters remain nameless throughout the film, Hansard and Irglova inject them with something more: reality. It's a love story shot almost like a documentary, and during the filming and shortly after, the two found themselves falling in love, despite their nearly twenty year difference in age. They've since gone back to being friends and collaborators, but it speaks to the magic spell that the film casts, that it affected the performers as much as the audience. Here's their live performance in Washington D.C. that NPR webcasted last week.
Playlist: Picks for the week
Monday, July 30
Tuesday, July 31
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Gogol Bordello
Wednesday, August 1
Thursday, August 2
Friday, August 3
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Rooney
Saturday, August 4