Todd Phillips, the director of the new film War Dogs starring Miles Teller, Jonah Hill and Bradley Cooper, revealed that he originally wanted to use Guns N' Roses' "Paradise City" in the movie. However, the director had to go with a different song because the band refused to bargain with him.
According to Phillips, he wanted to use "Paradise City" for a specific sequence in War Dogs, which tells the story of two young arms dealers who travel to Afghanistan to deliver weapons to American soldiers after securing a U.S. government contract.
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As noted by the director, one of the scenes in the film shows Hills' Efraim Diveroli and Teller's David Packouz travelling to Las Vegas to attend a convention for firearms, Cinemablend reported. Phillips said that this sequence was supposed to be accompanied by "Paradise City" from Guns N' Roses' 1987 album Appetite for Destruction. But, after failing to negotiate a proper price for the song with the band, he decided to use Dean Martin's "Ain't That a Kick in the Head" instead.
"Yeah, that happens, that's always just financial -- trying to make those movies for a reasonable price," he told Cinemablend. "It's all relative. But this movie is definitely on the lower end of the way most movies are made nowadays."
"So what you run into is, I remember I wanted to use 'Paradise City' when we were coming into Vegas," Phillips added. "Guns N' Roses. And they just wouldn't come down on the price. I was like, 'F*ck.' So, you make changes."
Even though Phillips was not able to secure the Guns N' Roses track for his movie, he was still able to put together a diverse soundtrack for the film. As noted by Fox 5 San Diego, the soundtrack for War Dogs includes songs from Aerosmith, Iggy Pop, Wolfmother, The James Gang, Beastie Boys and House of Pain.