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- Posted on Dec 8th 2010 3:00PM by Steve Baltin
"If you had seen them on tour, their whole thing was kind of this late '80s analog synth and the images, it just totally was 'Tron.' It's not rocket science -- they were a leading candidate," Bentley, also the Music Director at L.A.'s KCRW, tells Spinner. Still, Daft Punk didn't immediately leap at the chance.
"We set up a series of meetings and the courtship took about a year, surprisingly. They didn't necessarily jump on it, but that's really the way they are," Bentley says. "They're very careful, very cautious, very meticulous in their process. I always used to joke around with them because they were that way about everything. We'd try and order lunch and it'd be like this drawn-out thing. It'd be like, 'Guys, do you want a sandwich or do you want a salad?'"
Once they finally accepted the offer, Daft Punk became immersed in the project, earning even greater admiration from Bentley. "One thing I really appreciated about them was their level of intelligence. They are such fans of pop culture. They hold other films -- 'Back to the Future,' 'Star Wars,' 'E.T.' -- as much as great rock artists and music videos. It drives them to create something at that level and nothing short of that," he says. "Even though they're considered newbies, I would say that they were shooting for more of a timeless theme, a timeless score, like a John Williams score."
In fact, he says they were such great students of the process that he wouldn't be surprised to see them become more involved in the film world. "Working with Joseph [Kosinski, the film's director], they were really interested in everything about it, [like] the types of lenses and cameras," he says. "I wouldn't be surprised if they become filmmakers next."
'Tron: Legacy' opens Dec. 17.