Monday, November 08, 2004

MID-LIFE CRISES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS: Oh, sure, Larry Mullen is happy drumming away for U2, but he's got a secret dream: Larry wants to be an actor. But he's afraid to do it:

"I might take on a new challenge of doing some acting. I like the idea of going to it late.

"But the band is all I've ever wanted, and I get paid for it. I don't want to sound smug, but I've got the best job in the world."

"But different things come into play now that we've all got families. We don't have the freedom we once had."

The double but is puzzling us there - does he mean that he has to play it safe and if he took a role in the Bolton Octagon's production of View From A Bridge he'd be putting his family at risk of having no pies for the week? Or does he mean that he needs to find some extra work to help his budget stretch during the long periods where Bono's helping Bush get re-elected? Neither makes sense, as surely Larry must be so knee-deep in cash that he can afford to dabble in some side-interests? After all, Bono manages to swan about pretending to be the Prime Minister of Bonoland, and yet he doesn't seem to be fretting too much that it's going to wind up with the gas being cut off at his bedsit.