It was 30 years ago when Alex Cox directed and co wrote this with Abbe Wool.
It was almost 10 years after punk and Alex admitted to not really being a punk. From what i can gather he wanted to put out a film before Hollywood got there?
So is this a film about Sid and Nancy? Not Punk? I suppose the clue is in the title...
The film is affectionate at some times, Gary Oldman giving Sid a chance at being real almost.
"He never stood a chance." I'm sure John Lydon said that?
Gary said he turned down the roll of Sid a couple of times, because he wasn't a punk. But Alex Cox had a casting director extraordinaire and Alex had the choice of 2 amazing actors. The second?
Daniel Day lewis....
"I'm sure Daniel would have given the roll his own special touch, but i gave it to Gary because he was a London boy. Daniel was the son of a poet laureate .." If Daniel had turned it down though i would have given the roll to him. He must have forgot. The same as John Lydon. He complained he was never consulted and said he hated the film? When really... he invited me out to LA to talk about it! He even gave advice on how John Schofield should play him. He was very generous, if he had have hated the film the best thing he could have done was keep quiet! Instead he gave us lots of media attention!"
The film is on release from tomorrow, the Alex quote from BBC radio i've paraphrased accurately - to hear the whole thing i'll put a link.