Sure, Winona Ryder has a movie to promote â€” â€œHomefront,â€ starring Jason Statham â€” but sheâ€™d much rather talk about Lou Reed, if thatâ€™s OK. â€œI was supposed to see [the movie], but then Lou Reed died and I had to go to his memorial. And you know, I just havenâ€™t been able to. But I usually see something before talking about it,â€ Ryder says with a laugh. â€And itâ€™s also my first, like, this kind of movie.â€
Iâ€™m still a bit broken up about Lou Reed, actually.
Yeah, I know. I am, too. Itâ€™s weird, isnâ€™t it? I know he was 71, but I just didnâ€™t expect it. I did not know him well. I had to follow him at Allen Ginsbergâ€™s [memorial], giving eulogies. Itâ€™s like the scariest thing, following Lou Reed. But he was Lou Reed, you know?
Well, he was such a huge presence.
Last night, I was at a party for a movie that a friend of mine did, and there were theseâ€¦ â€œyounger people.â€ (laughs) Theyâ€™re talking about music, and it was like they didnâ€™t know that he was in the Velvet Underground, they didnâ€™t know anything about him. And they play music. I was like, â€œWalk on the Wild Side?â€ â€œSweet Jane?â€ Like, the big ones, and they didnâ€™t know them. Itâ€™s just crushing, you know? I actually played it on my phone for them.