In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Cameron Crowe's Say Anything, and its release on Blu-ray Disc, an army of Lloyd Dobler lookalikes converged on New York City today, boom boxes in hand. It was a little surreal and led to a few turned heads of otherwise jaded New Yorkers.
I caught up with them in front of the Krispy Kreme at Penn Station (hey, even Lloyd Doblers can't resist that sweet sugary goodness). The purpose of the stunt, of course, was to recreate the famous - almost iconic - image of John Cusack's Lloyd Dobler, standing in front of the house of his ex-girlfriend (Ione Skye), cranking Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" with boom box raised above his head - part of Dobler's approach to "do anything, say anything" to win her back.
Apparently director Cameron Crowe almost lost his opportunity to use the song in the film as Peter Gabriel originally said no, as he felt that this would be an inappropriate use of his music. But Crowe called him to make a final plea. Gabriel said, "Well when he takes the overdose it just didn't feel like the right kind of use of the song" to which Crowe replied, "huh?" Gabriel had thought Crowe was asking to use the song in a John Belushi biopic. When Crowe straightened things out, and Gabriel actually had a chance to watch the film, he agreed to let Crowe use of the song in the film. And the rest was history. (Note: you can read more about this part of the story in Entertainment Weekly).
Both the 20th Anniversary anniversary Blu-ray Disc ($34.99) and a 20th Anniversary DVD edition are available today.
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