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Oscar-nominated director Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are) was the man at the helm for the Beasties Boys’ classic 1994 music video “Sabotage.” Jonze, Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, and Adam “MCA” Yauch had also begun working a feature film together at one point. The movie, titled We Can Do This, never panned out, but the 44-year-old Maryland native recently gave some details about the unfinished Beastie Boys project.

“It was so surreal and out there and [Yauch’s filmmaker alter-ego] Nathanial Hornblower was a character as the director,” Jonze told “One of the characters from ‘Sabotage,’ Sir Stuart Wallace, was a character. Both played by Yauch and it just would’ve been ridiculous and fun.” The script for the movie was written by Jonze and the three Beasties. Each member was also to play multiple roles in the picture.

“Mike played a Country star – those [country] songs we wrote for the movie actually. Adam Horowitz played this kid, Nino Vincenzi, who lived on Roosevelt Island with his dad who was a mechanic and was a little bit a John Travolta Saturday Night Fever type of kid,” Jonze revealed. “I forget all the different characters but… it would have been funny to see them on-screen.”




Drew Pierce

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