Magazine article Screen International

Godfather of Grunge

Magazine article Screen International

Godfather of Grunge

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Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, on writing the lead track for Machine Gun Preacher and making an appearance in Cameron Crowe's Pearl Jam Twenty.

Chris Cornell, the godfather of grunge who has rocked millions around the world, cuts a contemplative figure as he sits in a small room tucked away in Toronto's swanky Fairmont Royal York.

But the Soundgarden frontman doesn't need much prompting to get all animated about The Keeper, his heartfelt lead track for last weekend's world premiere Machine Gun Preacher, which stars Gerald Butler as Sam Childers, the former bad boy turned savior of Sudanese war children.

When Cornell wrote You Know My Name for Casino Royale he'd already seen rough footage before he started composing. This gig was different. "The script was enough," said Cornell, decked out in black knitted jacket, white T and ripped jeans. "I'd heard about the story and it was kind of interesting. Marc [Forster, director] sent me the script and I was off to the races.

"He suggested I look at Sam's website and it was the images I saw that inspired the lyrics and music. …

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