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Eric Clapton reflects on 'pompousness' of younger self with new doc Life in 12 Bars

Eric Clapton reflects on 'pompousness' of younger self with new doc Life in 12 Bars
From CBC - September 11, 2017

Eric Claptonhas lived a life of extreme highs and devastating lows, so it's understandable that he might find the new documentary EricClapton: Life in 12 Bars difficult to watch.

When asked Monday about whether any of the film's footage of his younger self embarrassed him,the guitar legend was blunt.

"The whole thing. Are you kidding? The whole thingright up to the time I stopped drinking, everything I said [was] absolute blather," he told reporters at a TIFF press conference Monday morning, after the doc's Sunday evening world premiere in Toronto.

"There's a certain amount of pompousness that I see when [I was] being interviewed," noted the virtuoso from bands such as The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faithand Derek and the Dominos.

"Maybe it's true for all of us when we are young: there's a level of arrogance there that 'I know it all.' Only as I get older do I realize that I know nothing at all, whatsoever."

Still, Claptongave filmmaker Lili Fini Zanuck, the Oscar-winning producer behind movies like Driving Miss Daisy, Cocoonand Mulholland Falls, complete licence to fully explore his life story and approached her with the idea of what would becomeher first documentary as a director.

"I was somewhat concerned that there may be an impression because we'd been friends for so long that I would whitewash something or Eric would say take it out," said FiniZanuck, who had first worked with Claptonon her 1991 crime drama Rush.

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