Watch the Trailer for Brian Wilson Biopic ‘Love and Mercy’
Back in September, the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy wowed fans at the Toronto International Film Festival. Now that the movie is getting closer to a wider release in June, its first trailer has just been released. You can watch it above.
The film, directed by Bill Pohlad, chronicles the often disoriented life of the Beach Boys frontman, who endured a mental breakdown while working on the band's classic Smile album in 1967.
Paul Dano, who's made a career playing severely creepy guys in movies like Prisoners and There Will Be Blood, plays Wilson during his formative, creative years; High Fidelity star John Cusack plays the older, bathrobe-sporting Wilson.
Love & Mercy's 73-second teaser trailer doesn't reveal too many details beyond the obvious plot points: Wilson becomes a star with his brothers in the Beach Boys. Wilson becomes the group's resident genius. Wilson records Pet Sounds, one of the greatest albums ever made. Wilson goes bonkers nuts perfecting his craft. "You can't just do what you want, Brian!" shouts one non-believer in the clip. "I've got different stuff inside me," counters Wilson. "I gotta get it out."
That's pretty much it. There's a sad-sack Cusack moping around. And original Beach Boys songs on the soundtrack (the movie, unlike last year's Jimi Hendrix biopic, received approval from the subject and his family). Oh, and this tagline: "Behind the genius. Madness."
Of course, things eventually worked out for Wilson after a long period of illness and inactivity. He even got around to assembling the previously unreleased Smile twice in the past 11 years, once as a solo artist and as, yes, the genius behind the Beach Boys' definitive set.
He has a new album, No Pier Pressure, coming out on April 7. The record features contributions from Beach Boys Al Jardine and David Marks, members of She & Him, Nate Reuss of fun. and country star Kacey Musgraves. The album's first single, "The Right Time," even recalls the sun-kissed songs of Wilson's past.
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