LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) Longtime Motley Crue manager Allen Kovac recently talked to Deadline Hollywood about why the upcoming Netflix biopic on the band has a deficit of glamourizing sex and drugs in it.
“The mission of this film was to tell Motley Crue’s story but to deglamorize the sex, drugs and rock n roll because of the damage that it can do,” Kovac said. “I think we’ve achieved that but also made a great movie. These were young kids in the 1980s whose role models with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Keith Richards, and the Beatles. Look at what they were up to, the Beatles were on acid, Keith was a heroin junkie and Ozzy did everything so if you think about it you could make a movie and glamourize and get a lot of press but what are you doing to the next generation.”
“The Dirt,” based on the Neil Strauss book “The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band,” tells the tale of Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars making their way on the Sunset Strip and will air March 22. There is plenty of drugs (Sixx was pronounced dead after a heroin overdose), sex (the movie starts with an oral sex scene) and manslaughter (Neil killed his passenger in a drunk driving incident in 1985). However, Kovac told Deadline’s Peter White that the film aims to deglamorize the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle.
The film took forever to make but got a jumpstart with a deal Kovac worked out with Elektra Records, providing the band with ownership of their masters and publishing rights, which went a long way to providing a massive amount of video footage for the film.
“When Motley received their copyrights back they also received every piece of video that was shot by Elektra Records. When you can give that to a costume designer or an actor or casting agent, it’s very helpful,” he said.