Terry Gilliam might be signed on to direct the Arcade Fire’s webcast tonight, but his recent interview with Entertainment Weekly suggests he hasn’t fully comprehended his role in the YouTube event. “I’m trying to find out what this fucking thing is,” Gilliam says. “I keep reading that I’m directing this thing, but I’m not sure that’s what I’m doing.”
The Monty Python collaborator and director of cult classics Brazil and 12 Monkeys admits he has been following the band for a long time, but doesn’t know how much creative input he’ll be able to offer while directing the live performance. “If I see somebody doing something stupid I’ll probably mention that to them,” Gilliam tells EW. “But their show’s really good, and they’ve got really good video stuff already. So we’ll stick with what they’re doing and I can sit back and take credit for everything.” That’s the spirit, Terry!
Tonight’s webcast, which is part of YouTube and American Express’ “Unstaged” concert series, is set to air at 10 p.m. EST. This is the second consecutive night the Montreal-based band will be playing New York’s Madison Square Garden.