Hansard's apparent "overnight success" was actually about 20 years in the making; he spent much of the previous two decades slinging his axe all over the streets of Dublin, busking Van Morrison songs and honing his craft, and later touring the world with his band the Frames.Of course, Once and "Falling Slowly" changed all that.In the unlikely event that you missed "Falling Slowly" in 2008, your mom probably didn't: it's a gorgeous, striking tune in the vein of late-period Leonard Cohen, with a hymn-like melody and cross-generational appeal, and it transformed Glen Hansard's life.
I said to him, ”I know this girl from the Czech Republic, who I’ve been playing some gigs with, and she’s really great, but she’s 17.” He said he didn’t think it would work but he’d meet her anyway. Because of that, the producer pulled out, so John was left with a script, Mar, no lead male character, a bunch of songs, no money, and no way of doing it.Today, the guitarist is more likely to be busking with Bono and inadvertently shutting down city blocks than he is fading into the grey architecture of Irish streets, cavity-ridden Takamine in hand, as distracted commuters pass by.There’s a lot of love around Glen Hansard right now.You can name the bass player on Neil Young’s , but you can’t tell me the square root of 9.You’re obviously using your intelligence in an area that’s not academic.” He was quite smart.
And one evening he called me up and said, ”Glen, I really think you should do this.” What was your immediate reaction? ” Two reasons — I don’t consider myself an actor on any level, and I didn’t want to let John down. And then what became exciting for me in an abstract way was the fact that suddenly there was no money.