Jack White Blunderbuss YouTube stream to be directed by Gary Oldman

Posted on 17 April 2012
By Pierce King
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Jack White has hand-picked Gary Oldman to direct an online stream of his solo concert to promote highly anticipated album Blunderbuss.

Gary, who played baddass Detroit pimp Drexl in True Romance, will get into his deep mode behind a set of 12 cameras for the special live event.

Speaking about directing the concert – streamed via YouTube on April 27 from Webster Hall, Manhattan, Gary said: “It just fell from the sky.

“Occasionally you do get calls and they just drop in. I didn’t have to think very quickly about it. I just said, ‘Yeah, that sounds very good.’”

The American Express Unstaged concert will be shown online at 9 p.m. Eastern time on April 27 at www.youtube.com/JackWhiteVEVO

The show is the latest entry in the two-year-old series which has paired Arcade Fire with Terry Gilliam and Mary J. Blige with Adam Shankman for concert Webcasts.

Before travelling to Jack’s Nashville home, The Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy actor said in a that Jack selected him after being told he could choose any director “within reason.”

Gary, a long time fan of The White Stripe star’s music, happily accepted. Since accepting the invitation he said that they have been batting around ideas in e-mails – often just one liners as Jack is known for his un-reluctant use of modern technology.

He added: “These are not extensive e-mails.

“They are one-liners, two-liners. A question and then he writes back and says, ‘Yeah, that’s cool.’

“I think Jack uses e-mail reluctantly, out of necessity. I don’t think he has a cellphone.”

Asked if he had any previous experience directing live broadcasts, the Nil By Mouth writer said, “No. No. No.” But he is confident he can handle the 12 cameras – overseen from a control room in the bowels of Webster Hall.

He added: “It’s very much a collaboration.

“It’s not just me sitting in the driving seat – you’re dependent on a lot of people for this to really run smoothly. But we’re all driven by vibrancy and the energy of Jack White. He’s the man at the helm, so to speak.”