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John Lydon has made it clear that he isn’t thrilled that the story of his former band, Sex Pistols, will be brought to the screen in the new Hulu series ‘Pistol’, airing in Canada on Disney+.
Talk with The Sunday Times Last year, the alum Johnny Rotten called the project “the most disrespectful shit I’ve ever had to endure”.
As the show is about to debut, series director Danny Boyle responds.
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“If you’re going to get mad about it, you don’t understand the history of the band and the story that followed after the band,” he says. “Discord is fundamental to this – it’s part of the energy that Malcolm [McLaren, the Sex Pistols’ manager)] clearly wanted to build from. It takes an intemperance, anger, a kind of resentment, a chip-on-the-shoulder feeling, and then it extrapolates from there into the world through music. And that’s what gives songs such bite, I think,” the “Trainspotting” director said in an interview with Weekly entertainment.
“The great songs like ‘Anarchy…’ and ‘Pretty Vacant’ and ‘God Save the Queen’, the bite in those songs, they’re almost 50 years old, and it’s like oh my god, you still feel bothered by the feeling that candor in music,” Boyle added. “Anyway, it’s a small price to pay, for being unpopular with John. ‘will ever admit, is made by a bunch of people who honestly think he’s a genius.
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Toby Wallace, who plays Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, goes one step further by admitting that he not only relishes Lydon’s disapproval, but relishes it.
“I love it,” Wallace says. “I wouldn’t have it any other way, to be honest with you. Of course he will. Of course, he’s going to go that route.
Wallace added: “I think well of him. He’s got this kind of really rebellious attitude [that] especially nowadays is quite hard to find. I would be disappointed if there wasn’t some sort of argument. I don’t think it will hurt the project, so here goes.
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“Pistol” debuts on May 31.