John Lydon has hit out at the upcoming Sex Pistols biopic, insisting it’s sexy to be realistic.
The musician, 66, who has been critical of his former bandmates for making the series without him, is unimpressed by the content of the Disney+ show titled Pistol which is based on the band’s former guitarist Steve Jones’s memoir, which goes into detail about his sex addiction.
On steamy moments in the project, an indignant John told the Mirror: ‘It’s upsetting as a lot of it has sexual connotations which are dubious at best.
Unimpressed: John Lydon, 66, has hit out at the upcoming Sex Pistols biopic, insisting it’s sexy to be realistic (pictured September)
‘They have gone for the wrong end of things just to be sensational.
‘I think there is much more quality to the Pistols than that.’
While John has said he’s not yet seen the show but plans to watch it so he can ‘fact-check’ the band’s history, it is said to touch on Steve’s vast hunger for sex, his steamy relationship with Nancy Spungen, his Pistols bandmate Sid Vicious’ girlfriend, and Steve’s childhood sexual abuse.
Speaking out: The musician, who has been critical of his former bandmates for making the series without him, is unimpressed by the content of the Disney+ show titled Pistol (pictured 1976)
John has claimed he was ‘completely ostracised’ from the biopic, insisting: ‘Cutting me out is a shockingly stupid move.’
He has previously said his bandmates’ career success was down to him.
In an interview with The Sun, John said: ‘They can all f*** off. I supported them for years and years and years, knowing they were dead wood.’
John went on to explain that he will watch it when it airs next month, to see what his former bandmates have said behind his back for the past three years while creating the show.
He continued: ‘I don’t really want to watch it but I will need to fact-check it. I have not seen one single second of it. Not any script, I’ve been completely ostracised.’
John has been kept in the dark during the process and strongly feels that the documentary will not be a true representation of him.
Speaking out: John has hit out at the trailer for Danny Boyle’s new FX series Pistol, saying it is ‘rewriting history’ (pictured September)
He said: ‘To be misrepresented in such a rude manner is unacceptable. If there was any truth in it, they wouldn’t have kept it from me.’
The songwriter feels the other Sex Pistol bandmates wouldn’t have a career if it wasn’t for him as ‘they did nothing before, they’ve done nothing since’.
John recently slammed the trailer for Danny Boyle’s new FX series Pistol, saying it is ‘rewriting history’.
The new drama miniseries follows the band’s guitarist Steve Jones and the band’s rise to prominence and notoriety in the 1970s, with Anson Boon portraying John.
The musician, whose stage name is Johnny Rotten, released a statement on his website where he said his ‘likeness’ was being used to sell the series, despite having no involvement with it.
He also criticised Disney, which owns FX, for creating a ‘fairytale’ that bares little resemblance to the band’s real experiences.
The statement reads: ‘We were originally led to believe ‘Pistol’ was a Steve Jones story, not a Sex Pistols story. Going by the trailer it doesn’t seem to be the case.
Show: The new drama miniseries follows the band’s guitarist Steve Jones and the band’s rise to prominence and notoriety in the 1970s (Sex Pistols pictured in 1977)
‘John’s ‘likeness’ is clearly being used to sell this series, a series he was not involved in, and was put together behind his back. Putting words in John’s mouth and rewriting history. A middle class fantasy.
‘Disney have stolen the past and created a fairytale, which bears little resemblance to the truth. It would be funny if it wasn’t tragic.’
It comes after John previously said he has been ‘ruined’ by his legal fight with former bandmates over the use of Sex Pistols hits in a TV drama.
The singer described Paul Cook, Steve Jones and Glen Matlock as ‘evil’ for bringing the case to license music for the series.
‘I’m seriously in a state of ruin,’ he told The Daily Telegraph. ‘I’ve got no more savings, no more loans, no pensions. I’ve got nothing.’
John said the Sex Pistols are now finished for ever. ‘For me, that band has ceased to exist.’
Highlighting the boredom of England’s disenfranchised youth in mid-seventies London, Boyle’s show finds the group channeling their anger through a new, anarchic brand of music.
The statement reads: ‘Disney have stolen the past and created a fairytale, which bears little resemblance to the truth. It would be funny if it wasn’t tragic’ (pictured in 2018)
Based on Steve Jones’ 2018 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, the series from Academy Award-winner Boyle, who also serves as Executive Producer and director, was created by Craig Pearce and written by Pearce and Frank Cottrell Boyce.
In a statement confirming the series last January, Nick Grad, President, Original Programming, FX Entertainment, said: ‘It’s great to be back in business with Danny Boyle, an exceptional artist responsible for so many great feature films and TV series.
‘Steve Jones was at the centre of the storm that shook the rock establishment and we’re thrilled to have Danny and the rest of the creative team tell his story as a member of one of music’s most notorious bands – the Sex Pistols.’
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Boyle added: ‘Imagine breaking into the world of The Crown and Downton Abbey with your mates and screaming your songs and your fury at all they represent. This is the moment that British society and culture changed forever.’
‘It is the detonation point for British street culture…where ordinary young people had the stage and vented their fury and their fashion…and everyone had to watch & listen…and everyone feared them or followed them.
‘The Sex Pistols. At its centre was a young charming illiterate kleptomaniac – a hero for the times – Steve Jones, who became in his own words, the 94th greatest guitarist of all time. This is how he got there.’
Coming soon: Fans have been given an early taste of what to expect from the appropriately titled Pistol, a six-part drama set to air on digital channel FX later this year
Anchored by Jones’ memoir, which offers a fascinating new perspective on one of rock’s greatest ever stories, Pistol moves from West London’s council estates, to Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s notorious Kings Road SEX shop, to the international controversy that came with the release of Never Mind the B*llocks.
Their single God Save the Queen was banned by the BBC and reached Number 1 on the UK’s NME chart, but appeared at Number 2 on the Official UK Singles chart, leading to accusations that the song was purposely kept off the top spot.
Boyle has had an acclaimed TV and movie career. His 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won eight, including the Academy Award for Best Director.
His new series will also star Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious, Christian Lees as Glen Matlock, Anson Boon as Johnny Rotten and Emma Appleton as Nancy Spungen.
Pistol is set for release on FX in the US and Disny+ in the UK on May 31.