TMN: What caused you to reunite with Anvil and decide to make a film?
Sacha Gervasi: Some of my best memories as a teenager were the time that I spent with Anvil, but as I grew up we fell out of touch. I always wondered what happened to the guys and just decided one day to do a search for them on the internet. I was amazed to see that the band was still together, still playing, and still recording albums (they had recorded 12 at that point). I was able to get in touch with Lips through their web site, and before I knew it he was on a plane to visit me in Los Angeles. When I picked him up at the airport it was as if no time had passed at all. And when I saw that Lips still had the same passion and drive for Anvil as he did 20 years ago, I knew there was a story that had to be told.
TMN: The film comes across as so much more than a music documentary. Do you flinch at people referring to it as a rockumentary, and comparing it to Spinal Tap?
SG: No, not at all. It’s a natural comparison. In fact, Spinal Tap is Anvil’s favorite movie!
TMN: What makes you irrationally angry?
SG: The first Duran Duran album.
TMN: Has the success of the documentary bought a new level of success for the band? Was this your hope when you began filming?
SG: The great thing about the film is that it has given a whole new generation of people the opportunity to discover Anvil for the first timeand now things are really taking off for the band. They recently opened three shows for AC/DC! I always hoped that the movie could bring some new success for Anvil, but I never could have anticipated that it would reach this level.
TMN: In one of the finest moments of reflection, after tour disasters in Europe, Lips remarks, at least there was a tour for it to go wrong on. Was this sense of optimism something you were keen to highlight?
SG: Absolutely, it’s what keeps Lips and Anvil going. They have this unbelievable ability to look at things in a positive light no matter how dire the situation, and I think that’s something we can all learn from.
TMN: What is your favorite object in your office/workplace?
SG: I think this photo speaks for itself.
TMN: I understand you’re working on a biopic of Hervé Villechaizethe French actor who played Mr. Roarke’s assistant, Tattoo, in the television series Fantasy Island. Will it have a similar feel to The Story Of Anvil in the way that you present an untold story?
SG: It is obviously a very different story, but I think there will be similarities in the raw nature of the story and because it is based on fact. It is a side of the Herve Villechaize story most people don’t know and I’m excited to start making the movie!