For a musician, there are probably more flattering movie roles to be offered than that of a guy who single-handedly ruins a record label with his dismal sales. Fortunately for British rocker Graham Parker, who plays such a character in the new Judd Apatow comedy "This Is 40," his decades in the music business have left him with a thick skin and a good sense of humor.
In this clip from the Envelope Screening Series with The Times' Rebecca Keegan, Parker talks about his real-life reunion with his band the Rumour after 31 years and how they got involved in Apatow's film.
"After I'd foolishly reunited the Rumour and said, 'Let's do an album,' I started to make the preparations for the studio time and all the stuff," Parker said. "And then somehow Judd popped up and got a hold of me, and I went to meet him. He thought [that I would] be a great, you know, loser, really, in the film."
Apatow jokingly interjects, "Those are the words I used when I asked him to do it."
When Apatow told Parker he would essentially destroy the record company of Paul Rudd's character in the film, Parker's response was, "I'm good at that -- that I can do!"