SLASH Says MÖTLEY CRÜE's 'The Dirt' Movie Is 'Great' But Insists He Has No Interest In Making GUNS N' ROSES BiopicApril 8, 2019
Slash has told Chile's Futuro 88.9 FM in a new interview that he really enjoyed MÖTLEY CRÜE's recently released Netflix biopic "The Dirt", which charts the band's meteoric rise to fame in the 1980s. "I thought the MÖTLEY movie was great, 'cause I just saw it a couple of days ago," the GUNS N' ROSES guitarist said (hear audio below). "It really took me back to the early days in the '80s and all the way through their career, because I just remember everything that happened along the way. And then it gave me some insights as to internal details that I wasn't really aware of. But I thought that came out great."
Despite the fact that he was full of praise for "The Dirt", Slash — who started his own film production company nearly a decade ago — said that he has no interest in making a GN'R biopic. "I wouldn't wanna do a GUNS movie like that," he said. "I couldn't imagine trying to find somebody to play [laughs] the different members of the band. It just doesn't even seem possible."
A more likely scenario is a documentary film featuring material shot at the height of GUNS N' ROSES' success more than two and a half decades ago. "I think we have a lot of concert footage from the '90s in the can — like, 24-7 footage from 1991 to 1994, of just every day on the road with GUNS N' ROSES," Slash said. "And it's been sitting in a vault for years. And I would love for that to be edited at some point and put out. So we'll see if that ever happens."
Slash's latest comments echo those he made several years ago when he told the Belfast Telegraph that he "would not like to see a GUNS N' ROSES biopic." He explained: "It's really rare where you see actors portraying live musicians [well]. I don't think rock and roll translates in the movies, I don't think they really get the gritty vibe of what it's like."
Back in April 2012, former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Matt Sorum revealed that he was in discussions for a possible biopic about the band. He said: "I've talked about doing a screenplay, and that's actually something that I'm in talks about with a couple of pretty big people."
Sorum added that the film would have a different energy to most rock biopics of the past, saying: "If you look at rock and roll movies, they've never been done right... If there was a film about GUNS N' ROSES, the thing about GUNS N' ROSES that was different than all the butt rock bands in Hollywood was that it was down and dirty and punk rock and real.
"As much as anyone wants to say they want to try to lump it in with hair metal, it never was because it was a different kind of energy," he said. "There was a much sort of more street, dark undercurrent happening that could be great on film."
Last week, GUNS N' ROSES was announced for the 2019 edition of the Louder Than Life festival, which runs between September 27 and September 29 at the Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky. This will mark the first live appearance for GUNS since they played in Hawaii in December 2018.
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