The Tony Award-winning musical Once, which starts performances at the Royal Alexandra Theatre on Tuesday, is a bittersweet riff on the archetypal boy-meets-girl, boy-gets-girl, boy-loses-girl story.But Once isn’t your typical musical, nor was the 2007 film it was based on.co-star and bandmate Marketa Irglova, but each of those wins came with a price: Hansard and Irglova found it difficult to navigate their post-awards fame (and in one memorable conversation in the documentary, Hansard scraps with his Oscar-obsessed parents), which eventually led to several fights and the dissolution of their relationship.Hansard hasn't given any interviews about the movie until now, but as Vulture found out, he had plenty to say about that time in his life, and how he and Irglova have moved on since — she, with new husband Tim Iseler.Is it a little weird to watch an actor who's essentially playing you playing yourself?It's a little odd, but not much more odd than hearing any guy sing your song.Nursing a strong black coffee in a quiet corner of the restaurant in Buswell’s Hotel, a slightly jetlagged Glen Hansard is trying to remember exactly where he’s been rambling over the last few weeks. ” he muses, thoughtfully scratching his greying beard.
The boy is Glen Hansard, a 47-year-old Irish indie musician, who spent most of his career with a well-regarded but largely under-the-radar group called The Frames. She’s Marketa Irglova, a 25-year-old Czech singer-songwriter who met Hansard and went from being a total unknown to a reluctant global star in the space of a few years. But while they were together, they attracted a perfect storm of publicity, with everyone wondering whether the love affair they portrayed both on screen and off was a case of art imitating life, or vice versa.
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I did CBS Saturday Morning in New York, I did a thing in Philadelphia for NPR, and I did a thing out in Queens for WFUV, which is one of the great supporters of our music out there. ” The 45-year-old singer-songwriter brightens suddenly. “Oh yeah, I was in Nashville two nights ago,” he recalls. What better place to be on the day of your record’s release than Music City? The record company were saying, ‘You really should come down here, this is going to be a big deal.
The world of Americana has somehow gotten into your record, and this is actually something you should be grateful for’.