Written by Cyrus Langhorne sohh.com
Kanye West has finally broken his silence on starring in Spike Jonze’s We Were Once a Fairytale film earlier this year and shared hints at the project’s underlying theme.
Writing via his blog in response to Pitchfork Media naming the video in its “Top Music Videos of 2009,” Yeezy broke down the work experience.
“I DEFINITELY WASN’T EXPECTING ALL THIS LOVE AT THE END OF THE YEAR,” Ye wrote Tuesday (December 15) evening. “LOVE IS HUMBLING. SPIKE IS A GENIUS AND HE BROUGHT THE BEST OUT OF ME. HE CALLED IN A LOT A FAVORS AND WE DID THIS FILM FOR UNDER 50GS. THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY INVOLVED. IBN KILT IT ALSO!!!! SOMETIMES A BIG IDEA CAN TAKE YOU FURTHER THAN A BIG BUDGET. I REMEMBER WHEN HE PITCHED IT TO ME, I WAS LIKE… UUUUUUUM………WTF!!!!! … BUT ONLY A COMPLETE IDIOT TURNS DOWN THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE DIRECTED BY SPIKE JONZE. HE’S A REALLY GOOD FRIEND AND CALMING SPIRIT AND THAT’S WHAT YOU NEED MOST IN YOUR LIFE SOMETIMES. HE REMINDS ME OF JON BRION IN A WAY BECAUSE THEY BOTH CAN FIND THE HUMAN QUALITIES IN PEOPLE AND BRING THOSE TO THE FOREFRONT. THEY HAVE SO MUCH GOOD WILL THAT THEY LET ME USE SOME OF THAT TO OPEN DOORS THAT HAVE BEEN CLOSED OFF TO ME. THIS WAS THEEE MOST IN YOUR FACE CONCEPT BUT SPIKE MADE ME LOOK LIKE A HURT CHILD INSTEAD OF AN OUTRAGEOUS A**HOLE. WHEN EVERYONE GOES BIG, GO SMALL. WHEN EVERYONE GOES CLEAN, GO DIRTY. WHEN EVERYBODY PUTS ON THE CRAZIEST OUTFITS EVER, PUT ON YOUR FAVORITE OLD BAND OF OUTSIDERS DINNER JACKET AND PULL A MONSTER OUT OF YOUR SOUL. I WISH I COULD SAY THAT MONSTER WAS TRULY DEAD BUT I THINK HE’LL BE BACK TO LIFE SITTING ON MY SHOULDER WHEN I GET BACK IN THE STUDIO.” (Kanye West’s Blog)
Speaking on the film’s leak last October, Jonze explained the film’s motivation.
“This is the first time it’s happened to me,” Jonze said about the online distribution, “and it is a weird feeling, like, ‘Wait a second — I wasn’t ready to put that out! That’s mine. Uh, no, I guess it’s not mine anymore.’ We rehearsed the night before we shot, and talked about trying to get to that raw place, that sad, pathetic, drunken, lost place. I told him, the more shameless it is, the more pathetic it is, the better. He just went for it. To me, I like him. I like Kanye and I care about him. This video is a side of him. Who knows? I don’t know what the reception is going to be, but I love making stuff with him. I love the guy.” (The New York Times)
Yeezy took down the film from his daily blog in late October.
Rap star Kanye West has apologized to fans after he removed a video directed by Spike Jonze from his website. The 14-minute video – titled We Were Once A Fairytale – features West acting the part of a drunken club-goer, harassing women and stumbling around. It culminates in a brief sex scene before West is seen stabbing himself and releasing a demon from his stomach. (BBC News)
The film made headlines after being posted on various sites including YouTube.
Spike Jonze, the director behind Where the Wild Things Are, has been working on a short film with Kanye West, called We Were Once a Fairytale. It was supposed to debut on iTunes on September 8th, but has only now appeared online. The eleven minute film shows a drunk/high Kanye at a nightclub. He can’t control his emotions and thus flops around between different women, who wants nothing to do with him. (Worst Previews)