While Trent Reznor now has an Oscar under his belt thanks to his score for “The Social Network,” and looks like he’ll be heading back to the Kodak Theater in February for his re-team with David Fincher on “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” had things gone differently, the Nine Inch Nails frontman would have made his film composing debut more than a decade ago.
In an extensive interview with Reznor in The Hollywood Reporter, he drops a pretty interesting nugget of info that is new to us, but might be a factoid the more diehard fans of the musician will remember. Way back in 2001, Mark Romanek was gearing up “One Hour Photo” and he turned to Reznor to contribute some music to the film. Romanek had previously worked with him, directing the excellent videos for “The Perfect Drug” and “Closer” but a combination of addiction and Fox Searchlight‘s hestiation about using an untested film composer would make it a decade long wait for Reznor would finally get a score into a movie.
“I remember there was an issue with the studio trusting someone who had never scored a film before, so that was the end of that,” he said. “But the way I choose to see things in my own life, I was getting into a pretty bad space. I was an addict and not functioning very well at that time. So I’m kind of grateful it didn’t come together because I couldn’t have done my best work then.”
Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek eventually took on the scoring duties, but Reznor actually credits the rejection of “One Hour Photo” for pointing him on the path stop abusing alcohol and cocaine. “It was another brick in the wall of, ‘Hey, you need to get your shit together,’ ” and it was soon after that he entered rehab and began the sobriety that has now lasted ten years.
But what of those tracks that were never used? Well, they can be found on the Still EP which is part of the And All That Could Have Been set released in 2002. So there’s your history lesson for the day. Take a trip back in time with “The Perfect Drug” and “Closer” videos below and man, rewatching these, you kind of hope Romanek and Reznor cross paths again soon.