By Jay Tilles
Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way took to Twitter today (April 8) to announce he’d returned to “the grid” to record a song for director Kevin Smith’s latest horror film, Tusk. Set to hit theaters this fall, the film stars include Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment and Ralph Garman, not only an actor, but one of the DJs for Los Angeles’s KROQ (a Radio.com station).
Tusk is based on an online ad Smith found for a retired Canadian man seeking a roommate. Although the man offers up the room for free, there is a string attached: the new roommate must wear a lifelike walrus costume and act the part. When the homeowner’s obsession takes over, the new roommate finds he’s been surgically transformed into a human walrus.
“It’s an old English folk song written in the 1600s entitled ‘Oh, Waly, Waly’ and sometimes called ‘TheWater is Wide,'” Kevin Smith told Radio.com. “At one point in Tusk, the Michael Parks character sings a few verses, so I thought it might be nice to end the film with the song itself. Gerard turned the piece into this achingly beautiful, haunting declaration of undying, hopeless love.”
He added, “If you’ve ever been in that kind of love, this song will crush you. It’s such a heartbreaker, you can’t help but well up with tears. You could play this track at a wedding or at a funeral and it would be equally appropriate in both places. I love it.”