TROUBLE CITY

SELL YOUR SOUL TO TOBIN BELL

Movie NewsMicah RobinsonComment

http://chud.com/nextraimages/tobchud.jpgThe idea of the Devil as someone that musicians would sell their soul to for success and fame seems rather implausible these days, even as a simple story concept. I don’t think even Satan possesses the means to keep an album off of BitTorrent, and if the downloading doesn’t get you, falling ticket sales and the lack of viable promotional channels probably will. Plus, it’s not even fun to be a rock star anymore. If you were David Coverdale, your life was about fine cars, drugs, and plugging Tawny Kitaen when the sight of her didn't make your privates run in the opposite direction. These days, your model is somebody like Pete Wentz, whose life is about blogging, holding marketing meetings to synergize between his clothing lines and record label, and making out with Ashlee Simpson when time permits. Now, if time travel was included in the package and you could make your stake on the Sunset Strip of the mid 80s, Liverpool in the late 60s or perhaps Bristol or Seattle in the early 90s…well, then we can talk. But asking for that which fills my mortal coil in return for…what, 150,000 MySpace friends, a YouTube viral clip hit, and perhaps a few fleeting affairs with the coke-addled pop tarts of today? No sale.

Then again, I’ve never been tempted by opposite of pigment, Tobin Bell. The actor now best known for playing Jigsaw in The Punisher the Saw films has signed for Highway 61, in which he’d play Beelzebub as a supernatural trickster at the legendary Crossroads in Mississippi. As the tale goes, blues guitarist Robert Johnson sucked ass back in the early 20th century and went to the Crossroads to trade his soul for fame and talent. He returned and cut about 30-odd records, many about the notion that he owed the Devil and that hellhounds were on his trail, before mysteriously dying at a very young age. In this version, it’s a struggling rock band that meets Satan through their manager, which is probably the most believable part of the story. I’m not sure how much they have left to sell after signing standard music industry management contracts, though.

Anyway, Highway 61 has already begun shooting.