He has played music in films like 'Spider-Man: Homecoming,' 'SpiderMan: Far From Home,' 'John Carter,' 'Jurassic World' and 'Tomorrowland.'
Dermot Mulroney is known for his roles in films like “My Best Friend's Wedding” and the TV series “Friends.” His acting career in television spans more than 30 years, but did you know he is a fine musician as well? In a 2018 video shared on Twitter by GoodNewsCorres1, the actor is seen playing cello in an orchestra and fans were left stunned by his breathtaking skills.
The text overlay on the video reads: “Dermot Mulroney performs ‘The Swan,’ from ‘The Carnival Animals’ by Camille Saint-Saens with the Boston Pops.” The video has more than 589.7k views and it is captioned, “Film & TV star, Dermot Mulroney, beautifully plays 'The Swan' with the Boston Pops (2018). He took up cello at 7 and has played on many soundtracks, including 'Incredibles 2,' 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,' 'Star Trek: Into Darkness' [and] 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.'”
Film & TV star, Dermot Mulroney, beautifully plays 'The Swan' with the Boston Pops (2018)— GoodNewsCorrespondent (@GoodNewsCorres1) April 16, 2023
He took up cello at 7 & has played on many soundtracks, including Incredibles 2, Rogue One:A Star Wars Story, Star Trek: Into Darkness,Dawn of the Planet of the Apes pic.twitter.com/j3jlDt4Bfi
Many on Twitter were mesmerized by Mulroney’s performance. @lindayen29 commented, “Wow... like I need another reason to love him even more. Performing with Boston Pops is no joke!” @cjkeller wrote, “Wow... just beautifully played!! I had no idea he was just an accomplished musician!” @Gluonsrule expressed, “He really is talented. Glad more people know this.” @sighing_eejan pointed out, “Yeah he's great and makes me wish I had taken up an instrument at that age. Or even now.” @bader_diedrich commented, “He’s a great and dedicated musician.”
Mulroney even played in 2006’s "Mission Impossible III." TODAY reported that he has music credits for more movies like "Ghost Protocol" and "Star Trek Into Darkness." He himself has shared that he is an “expert cellist.”
"It's one of the most bizarre things you can think of," Mulroney said in 2016. However, he has not performed solo for these scores. "If you can hear the 11th cellist in the back of the section, that's me," he said. He added that he was part of the orchestra of Michael Giacchino, who won the Oscar for his "Up" score in 2010.
Talking about the collaboration with Mulroney, Giacchino told Cinema Blend, “Yes, he does. He’s an amazing guy. I met him on 'The Family Stone,' he’s an incredible player, and I was like, ‘You play cello. Can you read music?’ He goes, ‘Yeah,’ and I was like, ‘Alright, come in. Play on Mission: Impossible III, and he did... If he’s in town, whenever we’re recording, he’s always in on the session. He plays on almost everything, you know, as long as he’s not working on some film somewhere.”
In 2016, Mulroney reportedly showed off his musical skills in the Amazon series, “Mozart in the Jungle,” where he played the role of a renowned cellist. Moreover, he played music in films like “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “SpiderMan: Far From Home,” “John Carter,” “Jurassic World” and “Tomorrowland.” Though he has been playing cello for a long time, he accepts that it was not an easy instrument in his social life. "It's taken me 45 years to be cool with the cello... It's hard, carrying that thing around on the school bus... But now, I'm on the TODAY show, now, it's cool," he said.