Neil Young helped teach Meryl Streep how to play guitar in preparation for her latest film role.
Streep plays a fictional rock star in forthcoming comedy-drama Ricki And The Flash. Now, a behind-the-scenes clip has been released online showing Young giving Streep a few pointers.
“Turn everything all the way up, that’s what you always do. No matter what they give you, just turn it all up,” Young tells Streep in the clip. Streep responds by bowing to Young.
Watch the clip below.
Directed by Jonathan Demme (The Silence Of The Lambs, Philadelphia) from a script by Oscar winner Diablo Cody (Juno), Ricki And The Flash stars Streep as Ricki Rendazzo, a woman who sidelined her family to become singer in a rock band but gets a chance to make amends many years later when her daughter undergoes a painful divorce.
Streep’s real-life daughter Mamie Gummer co-stars as Ricki’s daughter Julie, while Kevin Kline plays Ricki’s ex-husband and Sebastian Stan appears as her estranged son. ‘Jessie’s Girl’ singer Rick Springfield takes on a supporting role as a member of Ricki’s band.
Streep sings and plays guitar on 10 songs on the film’s soundtrack: nine covers and one original, ‘Cold One’, co-written by Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice. Streep’s Ricki And The Flash covers include U2’s ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’, Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’, Tom Petty’s ‘American Girl’ and Pink’s ‘Get The Party Started’. Ricki And The Flash is released on September 4.