This week’s episode of After School Radio reunites Mark Hoppus with ex-blink-182 bandmate Tom DeLonge, where they chat about new Angels and Airwaves music, Tom’s work on UFO’s, and early blink-182 memories.
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Mark and Tom on their friendship…
Mark Hoppus: Why do you think that you and I can go five years without talking and then just get on the phone and pick up like nothing ever happened?
Tom DeLonge: Because we appreciate dick jokes in a way that no one else does. It boils down to only that, there is nothing else. It’s that, in my opinion.
Mark Hoppus: I think so, because the first time that we met, I think it was dick jokes from the beginning in your garage.
Tom DeLonge: Yeah. It’s a dialogue. It’s a language.
Mark Hoppus: It’s a shorthand. It’s a shorthand we have with each other.
Mark and Tom share the story on how M. Night Shyamalan almost directed a blink-182 video…
Mark Hoppus: Another example of your fearlessness that I wrote down, and I just remembered right now was, we were on tour in Japan and we were having lunch in the hotel in Japan, and we look over an M. Night Shyamalan is at a table next to us …
Tom DeLonge: Shama lama ding dong.
Mark Hoppus: … and you’re like, I’m going to go ask him to direct a Blink 182 video. And I was like, what the hell? The dude’s having lunch on a promo tour of his movie in Japan and you just walk up and you’re like, “Hey, my name’s Tom DeLonge. I play in a band called Blink 182. We’re a big fan of yours. Would you ever direct a Blink video?” And within half an hour, we’re all sitting together and he’s coming up with ideas for a Blink video. And I mean, he did come up with a whole treatment and everything. It was going to cost, whatever it was, $20 million, but I mean, just on your gumption or I don’t know, no f—ks to give, just walk up to somebody and say, “Hey, I want you to direct a Blink video.”
Tom DeLonge: That’s funny. Remember I did that to Chris Hemsworth too, Thor.
Mark Hoppus: Yeah, he did. He did it to Thor, himself.
Tom DeLonge: It’s Thor. I was like, all I did is I walked up to him though, the pitch was a little bit different. I said, ‘ Can I kiss you on the lips?’ That was all I said, and that was the ice breaker. But I was like, well, it was the only question I had is, ‘Why are you so handsome?’ And again, it’s the only thing I asked these actors. But that’s funny, Shyamalan, yeah. He, I remember, that is really funny you bringing that up. I remember doing that, and I thought that would have been … he wanted to, you’re right. I think when he found out what music video budgets really were, he was like, this is so beneath me. No, he didn’t say that, but of course, he was like, I’m not going to do this, this is a nightmare.