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John Lydon says Danny Boyle’s Sex Pistols biopic is ‘most disrespectful s*** I’ve ever had to endure’


Filming began last month on Pistol, a six-part mini-series, but the disgruntled Sex Pistols frontman thinks it can’t go anywhere else but court.

John Lydon has branded Danny Boyle’s forthcoming Sex Pistols biopic “the most disrespectful shit I’ve ever had to endure”. Filming began last month on Pistol, a six-part mini-series starring Toby Wallace, Anson Boon, Louis Partridge, and Jacob Slater as the British punk band. Derry Girls’ Dylan Llewelyn and Game of Thrones stars Maisie Williams and Thomas Brodie-Sangster are also among the cast.

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Left to right: Louis Partridge as bassist Sid Vicious, Anson Boon as singer John Lydon, Jacob Slater as drummer Paul Cook and Toby Wallace as guitarist Steve Jones. CR: Miya Mizuno/FX

Speaking to The Sunday Times, Lydon shared his thoughts on recent images of the cast filming on set.

“I think that’s the most disrespectful shit I’ve ever had to endure,” Lydon said. “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].”

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The ex Pistol said that he was now seeking legal advice about taking the production team to court as he claimed that neither his consent nor participation was requested.

“Sorry, you think you can do this, like walk all over me — it isn’t going to happen,” he said. “Not without a huge, enormous fucking 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.

“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.” John Lydon on Danny Boyle’s Sex Pistols drama.

“It’s a disgrace… If you put me in a corner like a rat, I’m going to go for your throat. I’m up against some corporations that just want to take over.”

A spokesperson for Pistol said that Boyle had contacted Lydon via his management company about the project, but that direct contact was declined.

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