NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — In this installment of “22 Minutes,” 1010 WINS anchor Brigitte Quinn sits down with Green Day frontman and star of the new film”Ordinary World,” Billie Joe Armstrong.
Armstrong discusses the parallels between his character and his own life, Green Day‘s new album, fatherhood, jamming with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and more.
BQ: How did you come to be doing that project?
BJA: The writer/director Lee Kirk he approached me with the script and I read it overnight and I really liked it immediately. We sort of worked on it a little bit together and I fell in love with the character and I thought it was great.
BQ: No big surprise there. Perry, he’s a lovable character. He’s a former punk rocker.
BJA: The thing that I related to most was how you become so humble when you become a parent because you put your kids and family before everything else.
BQ: Your character is turning 40, was that in your own life any kind of a crisis?
BJA: Sure, why not? I think it’s a little bit for everybody. When you get to an age where you can look back at time and eras of where you were at in your life, that’s when I think you start going, “Wow, I’m getting up there.” I think the thing about the character was when you have a family and you have kids there’s part of you that sort of goes away, but I think what that the character finds is that there’s something new about him that he’s discovering every day.
BQ: There’s a nice scene where his friend tells him that he got to jam with McCartney…but in real life did you get to jam with McCartney?
BJA: When the movie was finished, and it was edited, and Green Day got inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I was literally jamming with Ringo (Starr) and Paul McCartney. It’s just crazy. I have a weird life, and I like it. I still can’t believe it.
Check out the full interview above.
Also, find out what director Lee Kirk has to say about working with Armstrong in this interview with 1010 WINS:
About “Ordinary World:”
Billie Joe Armstrong leads an all-star cast in the candid and heartwarming comedy, “Ordinary World.” Perry (Armstrong), a former punk rocker, is 10 years into his band’s “indefinite hiatus” and is struggling with his adjustment to the real world, which includes working in his family’s hardware store. When Perry’s hotshot attorney wife (Selma Blair) and precocious young daughter forget his 40th birthday, his brother (Chris Messina) takes pity and gives him the money to throw a huge rockstar blowout in a fancy New York hotel. At the party, Perry’s punk past clashes hilariously with his grown-up reality as he encounters crazy former bandmates, including best pal Gary (Fred Armisen), and an old-flame-turned-manager (Judy Greer), who offers him a chance to revive his stalled career, all in one outrageous day!
“Ordinary World” hits theaters Friday.
About Brigitte Quinn:
Brigitte anchors mornings at 1010 WINS radio and has worked in broadcasting for more than thirty years. She was a TV anchor at the Fox News Channel, MSNBC and NBC. She holds an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a BS from Cornell University. Her first novel, “Anchored” was published in 2015.