Robbie Williams forced to remove “four asshole villains” from biopic movie script
Robbie Williams claims that he has been forced to remove “four asshole villains” from his forthcoming biopic Better Man.
The film is being helmed by The Greatest Showman director Michael Gracey and will tell the story of Williams’ rise to global fame.
A scene was filmed for the movie during Williams’ double header at London’s Royal Albert Hall last week.
The scene in question will depict Williams’ 2001 concert at the same venue, which was later released as a concert film titled Live At The Albert.
In a bid to recreate the look of that show, the dress code for the Albert Hall dates was strictly black tie. The original 2001 performance came as part of Williams’ ‘Swing When You’re Winning’ era.
Speaking during one of the shows, he said via The Stoke Sentinel: “It is a bitch to put a film together. You tell all these stories and then legally you have to pass them to see if lots of people will sue you. So I sent the script off to lots of people to see if they would sue me – and it turns out they would.”
He added: “At the start of this movie there were at least five villains. There were at least five assholes in the script. And now because of legal reasons there is only one asshole in the movie and you are looking at him.”
Filming for the project also took place in Melbourne, Australia earlier this year.
Speaking previously to NME, Williams’ songwriter and close friend Guy Chambers explained that the new project will see the singer’s hits undergo a dramatic reinvention – similar to the big-screen treatment received by Elton John‘s music in 2019 biopic Rocketman.
Meanwhile, Williams was recently announced as one of the headliners at next year’s Isle Of Wight Festival alongside Pulp, George Ezra and The Chemical Brothers.