Bono and ‘Sing 2’ Director Garth Jennings on How They Breathed Emotion Into a Guitar-Slinging Lion

Bono hasn’t taken up many offers to work as an actor despite his years in the public eye.

But when writer-director Garth Jennings came calling with an opportunity to collaborate on Universal’s animated “Sing 2,” Bono embraced the challenge of becoming a leading man with a leading mane.

He got into the head of his character, a reclusive rock-star lion, Clay Calloway, not just as a voice actor but as the principal writer of an original U2 song composed for the film, “Your Song Saved My Life.”Bono and Jennings joined Variety for a keynote conversation for our Music for Screens Summit.

The exchange touches on the U2 frontman getting in touch with his basso-profundo, bad-ass aspirations in the role but also what U2 fans know is his penchant for channeling grief, which informs the withdrawn character.

“What would quiet a singer? What would take away their voice?

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