Pineapple Express Soundtrack to Feature a Rap Song by Shaq

Much has been made over the recent success of the Pineapple Express red-band trailer, which we helped bring to you back in early February. It was so successful on our site, in fact, that when we met with director David Gordon Green to discuss his latest film Snow Angels this afternoon, he recognized us as being the site that put the trailer out there for the world. While we appreciate the recognition, it was us who should be thanking him, as Pineapple Express looks like a movie that is going to blow us away come August.

One particularly hot topic has been the music surrounding the film. The early trailers featured the infectious jam “Paper Planes” by MIA, which had plenty of people hooked. As well, the legendary Huey Lewis is developing the theme song for the film, that will be in the same vein as “The Power of Love” which was made famous as the theme for Back to the Future.

When asked about the Huey Lewis theme song, Green had this to say: “I’m not going to sing it for you… But its really good. You’ll freak out when you hear it. You’ll do back flips and go bananas.”

And although he wouldn’t sing it for us, he did give our friends at Movieweb a little preview in late February:

We got trouble,
we got to get out of here.
I’ve got you,
you’ve got me.
We are as high as we can be.
That’s all right.
How did we get into this mess?
Pineapple Express!

But that isn’t the only song in the movie, mind you. Curious as we are, we had to know more about the soundtrack for this wild stoner action comedy.

“The soundtrack is so amazing,” Green explained. “It is. I mean, there’s Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. It is pretty wonderful and eclectic, very 80s influenced [mix]. There is a Shaquille O’Neal rap song in it. There is a little something for everybody. And it will all end with the Huey Lewis theme song at the end. I can’t even think about it without smiling. It gets stuck in your head for days.”

In reference to the movie as a whole, Green said that it has been a lot of fun, especially for him: “Just wait. Its a wild ride. Its fun sitting down with a crowd and watching them go with it. It’s a new experience for me to have a movie thats actively participated in by the audience. That navigates the success or failure of any movie, but here its not being sitting quietly and shedding a tear or giving a little sigh of anxiety, its totally, lets raise the roof.”

So as you can see, there is plenty to get you excited about Pineapple Express — action, drugs, Seth Rogen and hell, even Shaq laying down riffs on the soundtrack. What could be better than that?

Keep an eye out for more from our interview with David Gordon Green next week, closer to the wider release of his film Snow Angels.

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