Film & TV

Axl Rose’s Shockingly Normal Appearance on ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ Is Weirdly Fascinating

Film & TV

Axl Rose’s Shockingly Normal Appearance on ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ Is Weirdly Fascinating

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Breaking a live television silence that lasted two decades (if you don’t count his performance at the 2002 VMAs, which I don’t), Axl Rose appeared on last night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live in order to take about all things… normal, actually. Despite being frequently lampooned as an eccentric egomaniac hellbent on twisting Guns n’ Roses into unrecognizable shapes, Rose was completely forthcoming and congenial during an interview that touched on a number of mundane, completely ordinary subjects, such as his childhood Halloween costumes, the jobs he worked while the band was still taking off, and which way he leans as a voter.  I don’t know what I was expecting, but I just assumed he’d open his mouth and bats would fly out; instead, his speaking voice sounds a bit like Michael Shannon’s on Boardwalk Empire if he were a bit wryer, flat and slightly high-pitched with a hint of croakiness. In other words, he’s just a regular dude. It’s somewhat disarming to hear him casually spout off as though he hasn’t spent the last 20 years in a perpetual state of recluse, but that’s what television is for: to make the weirdos seem normal.

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