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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Sure, Gollum And King Kong Were Difficult, But Ian Dury?

File this under "really? A movie?"...

The Times Of London reports that Andy Serkis will be playing the obvious lead role in the new movie Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, a biography of Ian Dury. This after being the motion-captured basis for Gollum in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy and the eponymous character in King Kong. Apparently, his roles weren't already weird enough.

One must remember that Serkis isn't a stranger to rock bios; his performance as Joy Division's multiply-addicted producer Martin Hannett was a stand-out feature of the movie 24 Hour Party People (which, for my money, is an outstanding movie all its own.) In that case, Tony Wilson (in the DVD's commentary track...which is, by the way, as big an attraction of the 24 Hour Party People disc as the feature itself) suggested that Serkis' role as Hannett might have topped Gollum for weirdness.

At any rate, since Dury was survived not only by his family but also by the remaining Blockheads, it is in fact The Blockheads backing up Serkis on the soundtrack...and they're all pretty excited by Serkis' mimicry of Dury...all of which adds up to me being pretty excited about the film. It opens January 8 in the UK; no word yet on a US release (and for reference, we had to wait about six months to get Pirate Radio...)


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