The soundtrack to the film, which included soul staples such as In The Midnight Hour, Try a Little Tenderness and Mustang Sally, went on to sell 12 million copies, and ensured their fame burned bright.
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The band enjoyed success in Ireland in the early 2000s, but Hansard’s life changed substantially in 2006, when his low-budget musical film about an Irish busker who falls in love with a Czech immigrant became a worldwide hit.
Once won Hansard and his co-star (and real-life partner) Markéta Irglová an Oscar for Best Original Song in 2007, and a stage version went on to become a hit on Broadway, winning eight Tony awards.
“For an artist who wanted to get out and prove himself as a songwriter, it was difficult,” he said recently.
“It took a long time to shake off the stigma.” After splitting up with his girlfriend two years ago, Strong moved back to Dublin and even had a change of heart about the film that made him famous.