Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
"Hated It": Josh Brolin Talks ‘Jonah Hex,’ Says They Reshot 66 Pages In 12 Days "Hated It": Josh Brolin Talks ‘Jonah Hex,’ Says They Reshot 66 Pages In 12 Days Stay In Your Seats, There Will Be 2 Post-Credit Scenes In 'Deadpool' Stay In Your Seats, There Will Be 2 Post-Credit Scenes In 'Deadpool' Watch: First Trailer For 'Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates' With Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick & Aubrey Plaza Watch: First Trailer For 'Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates' With Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick & Aubrey Plaza Review: 'Deadpool' Starring Ryan Reynolds, T.J. Miller, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, And Gina Carano Review: 'Deadpool' Starring Ryan Reynolds, T.J. Miller, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, And Gina Carano How Quentin Tarantino & Robert Rodriguez Made Josh Brolin's 'No Country For Old Men' Audition Tape How Quentin Tarantino & Robert Rodriguez Made Josh Brolin's 'No Country For Old Men' Audition Tape 'MacGyver' Movie Reboot And New TV Series Pilot On The Way 'MacGyver' Movie Reboot And New TV Series Pilot On The Way Josh Brolin Says He's Starring With Jessica Chastain In A Movie About George Jones & Tammy Wynette Josh Brolin Says He's Starring With Jessica Chastain In A Movie About George Jones & Tammy Wynette Watch: Robert Richardson Explains Why He Took His Name Off 'World War Z' And More In 58-Minute Cinematographer Talk Watch: Robert Richardson Explains Why He Took His Name Off 'World War Z' And More In 58-Minute Cinematographer Talk George Miller Says He Originally Wanted The Music In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' To Only Come From The Doof Warrior George Miller Says He Originally Wanted The Music In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' To Only Come From The Doof Warrior Stephen King Says Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' Is "Like A Big, Beautiful Cadillac With No Engine Inside It" Stephen King Says Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' Is "Like A Big, Beautiful Cadillac With No Engine Inside It" Review: Coen Brothers' 'Hail, Caesar!' Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, And More Review: Coen Brothers' 'Hail, Caesar!' Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, And More 'Deadpool' Soundtrack Features Salt-N-Pepa, DMX, Wham!, And More 'Deadpool' Soundtrack Features Salt-N-Pepa, DMX, Wham!, And More The 25 Most Anticipated New TV Shows Of 2016 The 25 Most Anticipated New TV Shows Of 2016 The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 The 20 Best Films Of 2015 The 20 Best Films Of 2015 The 25 Best Action Movies Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Action Movies Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Sci-Fi Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Sci-Fi Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far

Rooney Mara Auditioned For Gregg Araki's 'Kaboom'; Director Shares Shoegazey Soundtrack

The Playlist By Edward Davis | The Playlist February 2, 2011 at 4:11AM

However, It Girl & Upcoming 'Dragon Tattoo' Star Didn't Get The PartDepending on how much of a premium you put on absurdist irony, you probably either love or loathe Gregg Araki's latest sci-fi-ish mystery drama "Kaboom." In a recent review, we called it, " 'Saved By The Bell' meets David Lynch on ecstasy," but before you declare that as awesome-sounding and enticing, you might want to spend some quality time with that write-up.
2

However, It Girl & Upcoming 'Dragon Tattoo' Star Didn't Get The Part



Depending on how much of a premium you put on absurdist irony, you probably either love or loathe Gregg Araki's latest sci-fi-ish mystery drama "Kaboom." In a recent review, we called it, " 'Saved By The Bell' meets David Lynch on ecstasy," but before you declare that as awesome-sounding and enticing, you might want to spend some quality time with that write-up.

Meanwhile, an interesting what-might-have-been nugget has surfaced and while it probably couldn't have quite salvaged the film, it's an interesting what-if that seems to have semi-embarrassed Araki. It turns out It girl of the moment Rooney Mara (the upcoming "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and Jesse Eisenberg's scene-stealing girlfriend in "The Social Network") auditioned for a role, but didn't get the part.

"She was one of the dozens of people who came in," Araki said sheepishly. "We saw almost every young actor in Hollywood. Each of the actors in 'Kaboom' won their part fair and square. We still suspect that the Rooney 'story' leaked because it was planted by some angry agent or manager. It was such a weird press thing that came out before the movie was even cast."

Imagine if his picture, which just hit theaters last weekend in limited release, would have starred her? Shoulda, woulda, coulda. It sounds like Juno Temple got the role instead -- "She definitely came in to read for a part, and she’s amazing. I think she might have auditioned Juno’s part, but I can’t remember," Araki said -- which we can't hate on at all because a) she's excellent and is a star in the making (she probably should have been Marie Antoinette in Sofia Coppola's film) and 2) she's easily the best part of "Kaboom" with her cat-like and effortless charms.

Incidentally, one part of Araki's films which are always up to snuff -- if a little predictable at this point -- are his soundtracks. While no official soundtrack to "Kaboom" is being released, the bizarre whodunit picture is replete with electro, nugaze and all types of blissfully droney and hip noise-pop (Cut Copy, Airiel, Engineers, etc.) If you're curious or looking for a rundown of the songs featured in the film, Araki has listed all the tracks he employed on this Facebook page. The entire list is below and you'd likely never go wrong using one of his film playlists to soundtrack your party. That is unless, of course, it's a roaring '20s party or something. [Blackbook]

The songs featured in "Kaboom"
CUT COPY "Saturdays" - Smith tells Stella about Thor in dining commons
EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY "Catastrophe & The Cure" - Smith meets The Messiah in the hall
THE BIG PINK "Crystal Visions" - Smith & Stella talk over dinner
LADYTRON "Weekend" - Smith & Stella meet up w Lorelei at the party
TEARS RUN RINGS "Mind The Wires" - Smith meets London in bathroom
A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS "To Fix The Gash In Your Head" - Smith&London/Stella&Lorelei have sex
FRIENDLY FIRES "Paris (Ambient Mix)" - Smith & London post-coital in bed
METRO AREA "Caught Up" - Smith tells Stella about his bad trip
THE HORRORS "Mirror's Image" - Smith & Stella see Lorelei in the cafe
THE XX "Stars" - Smith talks to London on phone
AIRIEL "In Your Room" - Smith & London in bed
THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART "This Love Is Fucking Right" - Smith walks in on Thor & Rex wrestling
YEAH YEAH YEAHS "Softshock" - Smith & London have lunch
THE DEPRECIATION GUILD "Dream About Me" - London gives Rex a much-needed lesson
AUBURN LULL "Shallow In Youth" - Smith & London talk about Rex, Thor walks in
DELUKA "Cascade" - Smith gets call from Hunter
MOSCOW OLYMPICS "Cut The World" - Smith beats off, Stella gives him a birthday present
HELEN STELLAR "Our Secrets" - Smith & Stella see band in club
IRON CURTAIN "The First Punk Wars" - Stella finds an unsettling surprise in her donut
HELEN STELLAR "Disappearing Twin" - Smith's Mom works out with her trainer
ENGINEERS "Clean Coloured Wire" - London tells Smith about her dad in cafe
INTERPOL "Song Seven" - Smith talks to Stella about The End of The World
AIRIEL "Sugar Crystals" - climactic fight/car chase
PLACEBO "The Bitter End" - Le Grand Finale/end cre

This article is related to: Films, Actresses, Gregg Araki, Rooney Mara, Kaboom


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates