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Interview:
Films Increasing Exposure For Gogol Bordello
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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With his costarring role opposite Elijah Wood in 2005’s “Everything is Illuminated,” Gogol Bordello frontman Eugene Hutz made a critically celebrated splash that somewhat overshadowed his New York-based “gypsy punk” band.

But as the group brings out its fourth album, “Super Taranta!,” Hutz says he’s confident his film turn paid a healthy dividend for Gogol Bordello.

“I think there’s a lot of people who found out about Gogol Bordello from the movie,” says the 34-yearold Ukranian native, “and a lot of people who found out about the movie through Gogol Bordello. We were never a mainstream band, but I think (the film) brought a new audience, for sure, that’s kind of mixed in with our previous hardcore audience.

“I really appreciated our dedicated and die-hard fans, but it’s good to challenge them, too, and mix them up with a new crowd. That’s where fresh blood arrives and the energy picks up.”

Hutz is hoping to repeat the formula with his next film role — in the Madonna directed “Filth and Wisdom,” which also will feature the band and music from “Super Taranta!”

“I heard from mutual friends for a couple of years that she was a big fan of Gogol Bordello,” Hutz says. “Eventually I learned that from her in person. It ended up being quite a collaborative project, and I ended up contributing to the script and everything.

“Madonna asked me, ‘How do you feel about dressing up as a woman?’ I said, ‘As long as it’s a woman with a mustache, I’m there.’ She’s such a dynamic force. It was super fun.”



Gogol Bordello performs Saturday (July 14th) at the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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