It’s Gonna Get Ugly – Almost Famous

Film:  Almost Famous
Year:  2000
Screenplay: Cameron Crowe
Role:  Lester Bangs
Actor:  Philip Seymour Hoffman
Length: approx. 1 minute 30 seconds minimum


…Because once you go to L.A. you’re gonna have friends like crazy, but they’re gonna be fake friends. ya know. They’re gonna try to corrupt you. You know, you got an honest face, they’re gonna tell you everything. But you cannot make friends with the rock stars. If you’re gonna be a true journalist. ya know, a rock journalist, first, you will never get paid much. But you will get free records from the record company. Fuckin’ nothing about you that’s controversial man. God, It’s gonna get ugly man. They’re buy you drinks, you’ gonna meet girls, they gonna try to fly you places for free, offer you drugs… I know. It sounds great. But they are not your friends. These are people who want you to write sanctimonious stories about the genius of the rock stars, and they will ruin rock and roll and strangle everything we love about it. ya know. They are trying to buy respectability for a form that is gloriously And righteously dumb. Now, you’re smart enough to know that. And the day it ceases to be dumb is the day that it ceases to be real, right? And then it just becomes an industry of…cool. I’m tellin’ you, you’re coming along at a very dangerous time for rock ‘n’ roll. I mean, the war is over. They won. And 99% of what passes for rock ‘n’ roll these days, silence is more compelling. That’s why I think you should just turn around and go back, you know, and be a lawyer or something.

But I can tell from your face that you won’t. I can give you 35 bucks. Give me a thousand words on Black Sabbath.