"I tried to take one [class.] It didn't go well. It was bizarre. I didn't like it. I didn't like what I was being told because it wasn't making me happy, but that's a whole other conversation I don't want to have," the Grammy Award-winner said at a press conference in New York Thursday. "So, I just thought that I would pretend I knew what I was doing and hope and pray that it worked because these people are all very, very talented. Mark [Ruffalo] is shaking his head because he is angry with me."
"It's so easy for some people," quipped Ruffalo, who was sitting beside Levine.
"It's really not, actually," Levine insisted. Gesturing to his nearby co-star, Keira Knightley, he added: "She made me look good is the answer. But no lessons, actually."
In the movie, Levine's recording-artist character, Dave, dumps his girlfriend and songwriting partner, Knightley's Gretta, as soon as he becomes successful. Broken-hearted and ready to leave New York for her London home, Gretta is urged by her friend Steve, played by James Corden, to perform at an open-microphone night where she catches the eye of Ruffalo's Dan, a down-on-his-luck, record-company executive, who convinces Gretta to take a chance and make an album with him.
Written and directed by Once filmmaker John Carney, the film is to open in limited release Friday, then will expand to theaters nationwide July 2.
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