We’re not getting the kick-ass lookin’ action thriller Proud Mary until February 1, but the US is getting it this weekend, hence the good folks at Sony have dropped this new vignette in which star Taraji P. Henson waxes lyrical about her character, the titular ruthless hitperson who finds her grim march through life taking an emotional detour when a young boy is thrust upon her. Luckily for action fans everywhere, hr maternal instincts don’t appear to prevent her from murderlisin’ several dozen dudes.
Meanwhile, former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty is pissed that the movie has appropriated the name of one of his biggest hits for its title, pointing out that the gun-crazy carnage of the film is at odds with his notions of rollin’ on the river, and demonstrating a marked ignorance of the concept of ironic juxtaposition.
Fogerty’s statement reads:
“There is a movie in current release called ‘Proud Mary.’ I don’t know much about it other than this. The main character is a black woman who is also an assassin. And apparently, her name is Mary. I wrote the song ‘Proud Mary’ 50 years ago, and I was very excited to have written such a good song. In fact, it was my very first good song. My songs are special to me. Precious. So it irks me when people seek to capitalize on the popularity of my music and the good will it has earned with the public for their own financial gain. Over the years, I have often found myself directly opposed to these uses. This movie has nothing to do with me, or my song. They simply picked the title and wrote a completely fictitious story around it. Back in the day, I had decided that I needed to become more professional, more organized about my songwriting efforts. I bought a little notebook and after few days, I wrote down the words. Proud Mary. It was the very first entry in this book. At first, I didn’t even know what those words meant. No one ever asked me about using my song this way, or even about the meaning of ‘Proud Mary.’ The movie poster has my lyrics changed to read…. ‘killing for the Man every night and day.’ I wrote the song about a mythical riverboat, cruising on a mythical river, in a mythical time. Perhaps, the setting was ‘back in time’ on the Mississippi River. It was obviously a metaphor about leaving painful, stressful things behind for a more tranquil and meaningful life.
Far from a story about killing people for money.”
That’s rather touching, but we’re still excited about seeing Proud Mary next month.