‘I’ve not seen a second of it!’ John Lydon claims he was ‘completely ostracised’ from Sex Pistols biopic as he slams bandmates for making series after he ‘supported them for years’
The Sex Pistols’ John Lydon has claimed he was ‘completely ostracised’ from the upcoming Sex Pistols biopic, as he once again criticised his former bandmates for making the series without him.
The musician, 66, revealed he hasn’t seen anything from the series so far, but he plans to watch it so he can ‘fact-check’ the band’s history.
Johnny, best known by his stage name Johnny Rotten, also expressed his anger that his band had contribute to the new FX series Pistol – based on the anarchic 1970s punk group – after he ‘supported them for years’.
Voicing his opinion: The Sex Pistols’ John Lydon has once again criticised his former bandmates for making biopic without him (pictured in 2021)
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 on Disney+ 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.
Rage: Angry: The musician, whose stage name is Johnny Rotten, revealed he hasn’t seen anything from the series so far except the trailer (Anson Boon pictured as Johnny Rotten)
Angry: Johnny, best known by his stage name Johnny Rotten (pictured), also expressed his anger that his band had contribute to the new FX series Pistol
John has been kept in the dark during the process and strongly feels that the documentary will not be a true representation of him.
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’.
MailOnline has contacted FX for comment.
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 noteriety 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 expereinces.
Speaking out: John has hit out at the trailer for Danny Boyle’s new FX series Pistol, saying it is ‘rewriting history’
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.
‘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.
Show: The new drama miniseries follows the band’s guitarist Steve Jones and the band’s rise to prominence and noteriety in the 1970s (Sex Pistols pictured in 1977)
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 center 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.’
Here we go: The raw energy of punk is reenacted in all its nihilistic glory in the first trailer for Danny Boyle’s eagerly anticipated Sex Pistols biopic
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 center 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.
DANNY BOYLE’S PISTOL: WHO’S PLAYING WHO IN THE BIOPIC
Uncanny: Louis Partridge, left in character, and bassist Sid Vicious, pictured right in 1978
Wow: Anson Boon, pictured left in character, and Johnny Rotten, pictured right, in 1976
Character: Toby Wallace, left in character, and guitarist Steve Jones, pictured right in 1978
Role: Jacob Slater, left in character, and drummer Paul Cook, pictured right in 1978
Photos released from the set of Pistol show actress Emma Appleton, who plays Nancy, arm-in-arm with the actor playing guitarist Steve Jones (left). Jones claims to have had sex with Nancy, but it is for her relationship with Sid (right in 1978) for which she will be forever remembere
Exciting: Iris Law (L) will follow in her father Jude’s acting footsteps by making her screen debut as Soo Catwoman (R) in the Sex Pistols drama
The man behind the band: Thomas Brodie-Sangster (L) is set to take on the role of Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren (pictured right in 1978)
Actress Sydney Chandler (left) plays rocker Chrissie Hynde (right)
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