The L.A. Times devoted an entire piece this week to the 11th-chair cello player on the Rogue One soundtrack, which might sound bizarre if that cello player weren’t actor Dermot Mulroney (not to be confused with Dylan McDermott).
Mulroney, best known as the ex-husband to Catherine Keener (oh, and that guy in My Best Friend’s Wedding) is actually a very good cello player who has been playing since the fourth grade. In high school, in fact, he even had opportunities to take his cello career further, but opted against the four-hour daily practices necessary to go to a conservatory like Juilliard (my son, who is in the fourth grade, is in his fourth year of cello, but getting him to practice a mere half an hour a day is a challenge).
Mulroney has since continued cello playing, however, in a number of bands, and in the occasional movie or television appearance (such as his guest arc in Mozart in the Jungle).
His journey to the orchestra playing the Rogue One soundtrack, however, began years ago, when he challenged Michael Giacchino — who scored The Family Stone soundtrack — to let him play cello on a movie scoring session.
“I was like, ‘Can you really read music? Because there’s no rehearsals. You just have to play it,’” Giacchino recalled. “He goes, ‘No, I can do that, I can do that!’ I was like, ‘Alright, well then why don’t you sit in with our cello section on ‘Mission Impossible’?”
Giacchino agreed, and Mulroney has played in every one of Giacchino’s movie scoring sessions since, including scores for the entire Mission Impossible franchise, Star Trek and Jurassic World.
Meanwhile, here’s Mulroney playing cello (along with Boyd Tinsley) on Alanis Morissette’s “Uninvited.”
Source: LA Times