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Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge reveal they almost got M. Night Shyamalan to direct a Blink-182 video

Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and former bandmate Tom DeLonge announced that they almost got famous director M. Night Shyamalan to helm one of their band’s videos.

DeLonge appeared on Hoppus’ Apple Music Hits radio show After School Radio. They chatted about their friendship, DeLonge’s favourite Blink album, and how he feels about the government’s revelations about UFOs. “I feel cautious about how the people are going to digest all the subject matter and really start to understand things. It’s going to be hard,” DeLonge says.

They even went on to chat about Shyamalan, who recently released Old. The pair say that he almost directed a Blink-182 video. DeLonge also says that in one video he asked Chris Hemsworth if they could kiss.

Check out the conversation in full below.

After School Radio Interview:

MARK HOPPUS: We were on tour in Japan and we were having lunch in the hotel in Japan, and we look over and M. Night Shyamalan is at a table next to us …

TOM DELONGE: Shama lama ding dong.

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 fucks to give, just walk up to somebody and say, “Hey, I want you to direct a Blink video.”

DELONGE: That’s funny. Remember I did that to Chris Hemsworth too, Thor.

HOPPUS: Yeah, he did. He did it to Thor himself.

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.”

Listen to the episode in full here.

Mark Hoppus’ Cancer Diagnosis:

Hoppus recently took to social media to announce that he has been diagnosed with cancer. He broke the news on Twitter and revealed that he is currently undergoing chemotherapy.

“For the past three months I’ve been undergoing chemotherapy for cancer,” Hoppus writes. “I have cancer. It sucks and I’m scared, and at the same time I’m blessed with incredible doctors and family and friends to get me through this. I still have months of treatment ahead of me but I’m trying to remain hopeful and positive. Can’t wait to be cancer free and see you all at a concert in the near future. Love to you all.”

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