Boys on film
From page 9 of Classic Rock Magazine July 2004
Rock stars in movies; movies about rock stars.
THE PARALLEL WORLDS OF FILM AND music grow closer than ever with the news that The Rolling Stones’ 1967 drug bust is being adapted for the screen. Posh actor Nigel Havers will play his father, Lord Michael Havers – the barrister who defended Keith Richards and Mick Jagger in the headline-making trial – in the movie called Butterfly On A Wheel .
Richards and Jagger received prison terms for possession, which were later quashed, with Jagger being given a conditional discharge. The pair were apprehended at Keef’s Sussex manor. When the police burst in, Jagger’s then girlfriend Marianne Faithfull was famously wearing just a fur rug. Amphetamines were confiscated, and an ashtray was found to contain traces of cannabis.
American TV network HBO, home of The Sopranos and Six Feet Under , are behind the two-hour drama.
Jagger and former Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart have also been tapped to score the soundtrack for the remake of the 1966 classic Alfie , with Jude Law playing the central role that made a star of Michael Caine. Meanwhile, Johnny Depp is strongly rumoured to have asked Richards to appear in his next film.
Justin Timberlake has been linked with the role of former Sex Pistols singer John Lydon. And Ashton Kutcher has reportedly clinched the role of Tommy Lee in the much-touted film version of Mötley Crüe’s The Dirt . Bassist Nikki Sixx has predicted that his own part will go to Jackass loony Johnny Knoxville.