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Steve Jones and Paul Cook attend the global premiere of new original series Pistol in London

Sex Pistols Paul Cook and Steve Jones put on united front at Pistol premiere… without former bandmate John Lydon.

It’s been a roller coaster ride from hell to get to the release of Danny Boyle’s Pistol, but Sex Pistols Steve Jones and Paul Cook seemed keen to celebrate at the premiere, as they joined cast members.

Cookie and Jonsey posed together as they prepared for the premiere of the show based on Steve’s autobiography, which tells the story of the Sex Pistols’ rise to becoming public enemy number one.

It was no surprise that John Lydon was nowhere to be seen after making his opposition to the series clear – but that didn’t stop the celebrations.

“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].” And to court, it went, with Lydon eventually losing the case.


Anson Boon has said his performance as John Lydon came from “a place of love” and he hopes the former punk frontman can see that.

Speaking at its premiere in London’s Leicester Square, Boon told the PA news agency: “I am massively disappointed that I wasn’t able to meet John. It would have been the icing on the cake for me with this job.

“But at the end of the day, like I said, I am a fan of his, and it is such a shame that he chose not to be involved. We would have loved for him to be involved. And everyone would have loved his contributions.

“But I was lucky enough to meet with Steve Jones, Paul Cook, Glen Matlock, Chrissie Hynde – and the one consistent thing amongst them all is that they hold John’s contributions to the band and to music as a whole in the highest regard.

Anson Boon was joined on the punk pink carpet by fellow ‘band members’, Louis Patridge (Sid Vicious) and Jacob Slater (Paul Cook) and were all smiles as they posed for cameras. 

They were joined by the real-life Steve and Paul, (Glen Matlock was on holiday) as well as The Pretenders icon Chrissie Hynde, who is played by Sydney Chandler in the series. 

Steve Jones and Chrissie Hynde
Steve Jones also posed with singer Chrissie Hynde (Picture: Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Game Of Thrones actress Maisie Williams also stars in the series, as punk model Jordan, real name Pamela Rooke, who was known for her work with fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood.

She said she had been in constant contact with Rooke, who died in April aged 66, during filming.

“I was lucky enough to be able to call and text and chat with Jordan frequently and she had full autonomy and control over my wig, my make-up, my costume,” she said.

Pistol will premiere on streaming service Disney+ on May 31.

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