The Who‘s Pete Townshend recently opened about how he feels about the upcoming biopic on his bandmate and the Who’s late drummer Keith Moon.
The biopic is tentatively titled The Real Me, based on a song on the Who album Quadrophenia. Bandmembers Roger Daltrey and Townshend are on board as executive producers, while Paul Whittington is directing the biopic based on a script penned by Jeff Pope.
“When you talk about it as a Keith Moon biopic, it’s going to be the first semi-fictionalized, dramatized Who story. It will be a Who biopic,” Townshend told Rolling Stone. “Somebody is going to have to play Pete Townshend.”
“I’ve read some very, very varied opinions about what my relationship was like with Keith,” he added. “I view it one way, and another people view it another way. I certainly was never at war with Keith, but neither was I his puppy.”
Describing Moon, Townshend said, “He was a great manipulator, and a great character, a great showman. He brought a lot of joy, but he also brought a lot of hardship and difficulty. I’ve always been honest about that. It will be interesting to see how that evolves.”
When asked whether he would interfere if he felt the biopic was misrepresented or included fake facts, Townshend said, “No. I don’t think I’m in a position to do that. I think if I felt I was being cruelly misrepresented, I’d step in and say, ‘This is a bit much.’”
“But I trust the people that are putting the film together. It’s been managed by Bill Curbishley, the Who’s manager, and by Nigel Sinclair, who is the CEO of Spitfire,” he added. “And Roger is somebody who would punch out somebody that said anything even slightly derogatory about me. I trust him.”
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