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M83 main man Anthony Gonzalez told Pitchfork that scoring his first big budget Hollywood movie, the Tom Cruise sci-fi thriller Oblivion, was a process that he almost didn't make it through. The French electronic music artist explained, "With such a big movie, you can't only please yourself. You have to please the director and the studios and tons of people who are involved. It took us one year to work on Oblivion with (collaborator)Joseph Trapanese, and I've been through all types of emotions. I almost quit. I couldn't sleep. I was so stressed out. I was on the verge of breaking down. We were touring a lot and I had to work on this at the same time."
The main problem seemed to be a difference of opinion with the studio over the score's overall style, with Gonzalez saying, "They needed something bigger, more orchestral; it was hard for me to be told that my music was too indie for the film. I was pissed most of the time, but this is how it works. It's like, 'Take it or leave it.' And I took it (laughs)."
In the end, the score sounded much more traditional and Gonzalez actually wanted to be credited under his given name. But the studio balked at that too, wanted to capitalize on the fame of the M83 brand.
Oblivion opened last Friday, earning nearly $40 million at the U.S. box office in its first weekend out and another $61 million overseas.
Gonzalez's most recent album as M83, a double CD called Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, came out in 2011 and featured the Top Five Modern Rock radio hit "Midnight City."