Cast members Paul Dano, who plays the young Wilson, and Elizabeth Banks, who plays Wilson’s salvation and later wife Melinda Ledbetter, were in attendance, as was the film’s director Bill Pohlad and other luminaries like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the star of “The Walk.”
|Brian Wilson, Paul Dano and Al Jardine perform. David Buchan/Variety/Rex Shutterstock|
That love was evident during the mini concert when Ledbetter, who was sitting at an adjoining table, and Banks bonded during a set that included such gems as “In My Room,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “God Only Knows.” Wilson himself looked spry behind a Yamaha keyboard, leading a band that included all manner of instrumentation, from two other keyboards to two drum kits, two guitars, tuba, woodwinds and tambourine. Dano joined the group to sing, quite beautifully, “You Still Believe In Me,” standing alongside original Beach Boy Al Jardine.
Things got so excitable that Wilson had to stop the band, temporarily, to slow the tempo on “Good Vibrations.” By the time the ensemble broke into “Fun, Fun, Fun,” Banks and Ledbetter were dancing together like lifelong pals.