5:34pm PT by Sophie Schillaci
Renaissance Man Pete Wentz Wants to Score a Movie, Voice a Smurf (Video)
To look at Pete Wentz’s resume, one might think that Fall Out Boy’s bassist and primary lyricist has it all.
His band’s comeback album, Save Rock and Roll, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart; his independent record label boasts a roster of hot young artists (Travie McCoy, Gym Class Heroes, Panic! at the Disco, Cobra Starship, The Ready Set); his 2004 children’s book has since been followed by a rock-inspired novel; his Angels & Kings nightclub now has locations in Chicago, Los Angeles and Barcelona; and for its second season, producers of Oxygen’s Best Ink selected Wentz as its new host, marking his first foray into reality TV.
“I think I’ve stretched too far a couple times,” Wentz tells The Hollywood Reporter of his growing empire, which has also included a fashion line, a comic book mini-series, a multi-episode arc on One Tree Hill and music video direction. Looking pensive, Wentz waxes poetic about staying true to one’s persona when choosing side projects, acknowledging that the public can “see through” those less-than-genuine endorsements that plague Hollywood.
But Wentz hopes his career has yet to reach its peak, as the musician sets his sights on previously uncharted territories: Smurfing.
Four-year-old son Bronx Mowgli “thinks it’s cool that I’m in a band,” Wentz says, “but it’d be a lot cooler if I was in The Smurfs.”
To that end, Wentz says he hopes to venture deeper in the world of film, voicing an animated character as well as someday scoring a movie.
“It’s a really tight knit circle that gets to do it in Hollywood,” he admits. “I don’t even need to do it on some monstrous level, I just think it would be fun to do and I feel like it would be a little bit outside of what I do.”
Wentz has thus far dipped only a toe in the proverbial film pool, but he does have a film production company to his name (surprise, surprise). Its only release: the straight-to-DVD Release the Bats, featuring footage of Fall Out Boy’s early years. Wentz was also reportedly considered for the role of Nikolai in Diablo Cody’s Jennifer’s Body, but the part ultimately went to Adam Brody.
So what is Wentz’s secret to juggling a laundry list of endeavors? “I have an ADD brain,” he says.
For more from THR’s interview with Wentz, watch the video above and check back to Earshot next week. He also appears on Oxygen’s Best Ink Wednesdays at 10 p.m.
Email: Sophie.Schillaci@THR.com; Twitter: @SophieSchillaci