Handsome, mystic, and impenetrable, Sufjan Stevens is like a cross between a retired Marine and a DJ. His words can either move us to tears or confuse the hell out of us, depending on the day. And in a new interview with Variety, he has also allowed us some insight into what goes on behind those beautiful enigmatic eyes of his.
Stevens, who earned an Oscar nomination for penning the song “Mystery of Love” for Call Me By Your Name, admitted to Variety that his songs were “more of a bummer” than the movie itself. He also explained that he purposely distanced himself from the goings-on of Call Me’s filming process.
Stevens said that by writing his songs independently from director Luca Guadagnino’s creative process on set, he was able to feel “an autonomy and freedom to create without any kind of expectation.” So basically, he just wanted to write all his songs naked.
Stevens also apparently prevented Call Me By Your Name from turning into the Forrest Gump of queer cinema. He told Variety that he turned down an offer from Guadagnino to record a voiceover from the perspective of Timothee Chalamet’s character in the future. Guadagnino reportedly nixed the idea after deciding the film “needed to be really simple and pure and uninterrupted.” He also presumably realized that adding a voiceover to the film would make it too similar to Forrest Gump, or even The Notebook.
For those unfamiliar with 2004’s The Notebook, it features a melodramatic voiceover from an older version of Ryan Gosling. However, it also features a sexy makeout sesh on a lake surrounded by geese in the rain, so maybe this was a missed opportunity for Guadagnino and company? Ah well, you can’t win ‘em all.
In happier news, Stevens hinted that he might score an entire film sometime in the near future.
“I’m always keeping my eyes and ears open about that,” he said. “It would have to be the right project and right director and the right thing because it’s probably something I would only do once in my lifetime.”
Assuming, say, the next Tyler Perry movie is out of the question, might we suggest Call Me By Your Name 2?