Why Peter? Why?

Peter Murphy has a cameo in the new Twilight movie, “WHY PETER?  WHY?”


That is the sentiment of many Peter Murphy fans at his brief cameo “Eclipse,” the third episode of the “Twilight” saga.

Mr. Murphy’s reasons are explained in a recent article in Rolling Stone:

Now that Mr. Murphy’s performed in one vampire movie and acted in another, he says he’s open to continuing to play the undead as long as the roles are compelling. “I don’t mind being typecast. I’ve been typecast for years!” he says. He likes True Blood (“Why don’t they cast me as a vampire king?”) and he’s intrigued by the upcoming Neil Jordan/Neil Gaiman film of The Graveyard Book (“They should ask me to play Silas, shouldn’t they?”).

But above all, he wants to revisit his current role in one of the two upcoming Breaking Dawn films, or get his music onscreen.

Siouxsie doesn’t get why so many folks are disappointed with Peter Murphy.  What’s the big deal?  He wants to promote his music and make some money.  We want him to continue working and performing, right?

And it is not like he is a huge fan of the Twilight series:

The British singer [told] Rolling Stone he had never read Stephenie Meyer’s book series, but he thought the movies might be a good match for his music, so he approached music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas at last year’s South by Southwest festival with a pitch.

If Peter Murphy was quoted on the dust jacket, that would be a whole different issue.

Artists have to make choices like this all the time.  And sometimes artists would like to cash in, at least a little bit.  Most of us can understand that.

Take the David Cross-Chipmunk movie example.  When actor/comedian David Cross took the role of  Ian Hawke in the movie “Alvin and the Chipmunks” he, just like Peter Murphy, received a lot of flak.   Mr. Cross explained that he had several good reasons why he took the part.

One of which was money for a small vacation cottage.  As Mr. Cross explains:

I asked the owner if he’d take some of my credibility as payment. He looked at me as if I was an alien with A.I.D.S. speaking some intergalactic gobbledy-goo. I had to patiently explain to this country bumpkin about my indie hipster cred, and I would now like to cash it in. This rural rube was so backwards and ignorant that he couldn’t even conceive of how financial markets work and simple free market capitalism. I tried again to explain the concept of the value of “credibility” and “artistic integrity” but he refused to take it in exchange for the house. This guy was a fucking idiot! But what could I do? He wouldn’t take no for an answer. If I wanted that cottage I would have to pay him money. Sigh. So I used my “Alvin and the Chipmunks” money to pay for the down payment. Seriously, I totally did.

So, good for David Cross.  And good for Peter Murphy.

Hopefully, Peter Murphy will be able to use his earnings from the Twilight franchise to make a down payment on his dream vacation coffin.

Bonus videos:

Theatrical trailer for The Hunger featuring Peter Murphy and Bauhaus.

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~ by siouxsielaw on July 5, 2010.

7 Responses to “Why Peter? Why?”

  1. I am still cranky about his cameo.

    Is David Cross wearing some kind of costume in that video. He looks weird.

  2. The Twilight phenomena has always confused me – if there was a bit more shagging I would probably me more interested. However it is good to see Peter Murphy back – it is about time that Bauhaus had a revival. Reminds me of my other teenage crush – Mick Karn of Japan – who collaborated with Pete on the Dali’s Car project. Poor bugger now has cancer. So here’s the thing – I want to see Peter Murphy. He is part of my past. I am happy to share him him with the new generation. Now where is that Maxel Ad on YouTube..

    • Good call on the Maxel Ad. I’m sure I’m going to use it in one of my posts as a bonus video. “Happy to share him with the new generation.” Agreed.

  3. Hmm…much as I’m not a twilight fan – have not seen any movie, or read any book…I can see it’s continuing Pete’s franchise, if you like, into things dark & vampirey. And as you say, he has to make a buck.

    • I would like to give Twilight the benefit of the doubt, but the LDS stuff and demographics of the fans keep me away. If I am gonna take the plunge, it is more than likely to be with the movies and not the books.

  4. David Cross looks like ass. But I’m not mad at Peter Murphy for doing the Twilight cameo. He really could not have made that much money in his music career and he’s getting on a bit… I get it. And it’s sort of funny. I’m more troubled by the whole Muslim thing, although I’m not clear on how Muslim he is (ie, just because he’s Muslim doesn’t mean he’s a fundamentalist, etc).

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