“Do you want me to have an operation?” Johnny Flynn responds to criticism over his lack of resemblance to David Bowie


In Stardust, the South African actor slips into the shoes of a Bowie at the dawn of fame. A costume too big for several detractors of the film, who reproach him in particular with a physique too far from the original.

Released in streaming at the end of November in the United States, Stardust, the biopic on David Bowie’s pre-Ziggy Stardust period drew a flood of criticism from viewers. Disowned by the family of the shapeshifter dandy – who did not give permission for the use of the original music – the feature film is also singled out by some on the lack of resemblance between the British artist and his performer in the screen, actor Johnny Flynn.

Scared by critics, the actor, who defends tooth and nail the project in the media, expressed his dissatisfaction. “One of the things they (the critics, Editor’s note) say it’s, “He doesn’t look like Bowie”. But no one looks like Bowie! I mean, what do you want? Do you want me to have an operation?», He defended himself in an interview for The Independent . “I’m not an imitator, I’m an actor“, he added.

He who claims to have the “hard skinSeems to take the matter with philosophy. “When you release a record, for eight people who like it, there are two who really want you to know that they don’t like it. I’ve had to deal with this before, and I’m like, “I’m not here for you, I’m not trying to please you, you don’t have to buy a ticket, you don’t have to. not to buy the CD?Said Johnny Flynn, who also has a career as a musician.

Narrating the adventures of a very young David Bowie, Stardust tells the story of the American promotional tour of the star in 1971. It was during this three-week stay in the country of Abraham Lincoln that he had the idea of ​​his mythical character Ziggy Stardust. Victim of scheduling problems caused by health restrictions, the film has still not been released in France.

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