Matt Lauer spoke to Bono and The Edge at the Golden Globe Awards last night and asked them how they became involved in Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York.” The interview aired this morning on the Today Show. A transcript of the interview follows.
MATT LAUER: Give me an idea. How does the process begin in terms of getting involved with this? Who picked up the phone, and did it take any time to say yes?
BONO: It was a strange thing. This conversation with Martin Scorsese started over 10 years ago in his house in New York. He told me about this story about Irish immigrants and their battle for survival.
THE EDGE: That’s how long conversations with Bono can last.
BONO: That is also true. And, you know, that’s the thing. It…it really did come out of a long process. And Edge saw the rushes as I saw the rushes. Edge came up with a theme, I came up with a lyric. It was…it was kind of old school.
MATT LAUER: But you’ve done movies before. When they say it’s the story of Irish immigrants, does that change the rules because of the obvious connection, or would you have done it if Marty Scorsese had said it’s a…it’s a movie about Polish immigrants? I mean, or was it simply because you wanted to do it because of the connection?
BONO: We’d have become Polish.
THE EDGE: Yeah, right.
BONO: For Marty.