Aidin Vaziri | Nearly 40 years after singer Jim Morrison died, the surviving members of the Los Angeles rock group – keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore – are gearing up to once again celebrate his legacy with the release of a new documentary, “When You’re Strange.” Narrated by Johnny Depp and directed by Tom DiCillo, the film features digitally enhanced footage from the band in its rowdy prime as well as some never-before-seen live performances. We spoke with Manzarek, who has been on tour with Krieger and various singers as Riders on the Storm, about how it all came together.
Ray Manzarek of the Doors
Q: How did you lure Johnny Depp away from hanging out with Keith Richards long enough to narrate this movie?
A: We presented it to him, and it turns out he’s a big Doors fan. I must say he did a great job. I’ve heard it said when preparing for a role at the earliest stages he always listens to “The End.”
Q: Who wouldn’t? Do you ever get tired of watching the same footage over and over?
A: I’m just having a great time seeing all the young men onscreen. The best part is to see Jim alive again.
Q: There have already been so many movies and books on the Doors. How many different ways can you tell the same story?
A: Well, there are things that are still out there. There are things known and there are things unknown. And in between there are the Doors.
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