John Lydon Brands New Sex Pistols Biopic: “A Disgrace”


John Lydon has slammed the upcoming Sex Pistols biopic directed by Danny Boyle. The former Pistols frontman branded the biopic, “the most disrespectful s**t I’ve ever had to endure”. He also called it a “disgrace”.

The biopic is called Pistol. It was directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire). It was also created by Craig Pearce who also co-wrote it alongside Frank Cottrell-Boyce. No official premiere date has been confirmed, but filming for the series began last month.

The biopic is based on guitarist Steve Jones’ memoir Lonely Boy: Tales of a Sex Pistol.

Toby Wallace is to play Jones in the series, with Emma Appleton to play Nancy Spungen.

On the Pistols breakthrough in the 70s, director Danny Boyle called it, “the moment that British society and culture changed forever”.

“Disrespectful s**t” – Lydon on Sex Pistols Biopic

Lydon whose stage name is Johnny Rotten, claimed that the production went ahead without his consent. As a result, Lydon said in a recent interview that he is seeking legal advice about taking the film makers to court. He alleges that neither his consent or his participation were requested for this series.

Speaking recently the former frontman for the band said, “I think that’s the most disrespectful s**t I’ve ever had to endure. I mean, they went to the point to hire an actor to play me but what’s the actor working on? Certainly not my character. It can’t go anywhere else (but court)”.

“It’s not like we’re complete strangers”, added Lydon referring to his previous claims that he was not contacted by Boyle about the series. The pair had previously met during preparations for the London Olympics opening ceremony in 2012.

“Sorry, you think you can do this, like walk all over me – it isn’t going to happen. Not without a huge, enormous f*****g fight. I’m Johnny, you know, and when you interfere with my business you’re going to get the bitter end of my business as a result” continued Lydon.

“It’s a disgrace”, he added.

A spokesperson for the production of Pistol had said that Boyle had contacted Lydon’s managment company about the series. But they claimed that “ultimately direct contact was declined”.

It was also reported that the remaining members of the Sex Pistols are locked in a bitter row over royalties.