allowed the filmmakers of family soccer film Gracie to use his tune Growing Up for a pivotal scene - because he's a secret fan of the sport. Director Davis Guggenheim, a lifelong Springsteen fan, approached the rocker with a view to using the song in the film, which is set in The Boss' native New Jersey.
He was thrilled when Springsteen agreed - because the director had already put the touching song in the film's rough cut. Guggenheim, who is married to the movie's star Elisabeth Shue
, says, "I've been to maybe 10 Bruce Springsteen concerts and never believed we would the rights for anything. I almost didn't put the song in the first cuts of the film because I didn't want to get people's hopes up. My brother-in-law, Andrew Shue
, found a way to get him to give it to us.
"Bruce believes in films that are made in New Jersey and I think he believes in the story - he has daughters who play soccer. He just thought the song was perfect. I don't think any amount of money would convince him to give up a song if he didn't want to. It was all about representing what that song represents. The song was a gift. We didn't pay a lot of money. He believes in the state of New Jersey and he believes in our movie."
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