Johnny Depp’s embarrassing foray into the world of Hollywood, music, and glamour continues as Ozzy Osbourne becomes next in line to snub the once-legendary actor in a subtle remark. While the heavy metal singer hasn’t exclusively said anything that could clearly demarcate which side of the debate he belongs to, the Black Sabbath singer did insinuate his unwillingness in having the Fantastic Beasts actor portray him on the big screen.
As the Osbourne family prepares itself for the biopic that has been put in motion, the singer joins the ranks of Elton John and Elvis with his openness in portraying the tumultuous years of his life and career.
Ozzy Osbourne Disses Johnny Depp in Subtle Remark
John Michael “Ozzy” Osbourne, born in 1948 in Birmingham, United Kingdom, rose to prominence during the ’70s as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band, Black Sabbath. Soon after, as metal and grunge became increasingly dominant in the popular culture sphere and among the younger demography, the singer-songwriter adopted the title “Prince of Darkness” and to this day is referred to as such.
While talking about his in-development biopic, the singer remarks who he prefers (or rather doesn’t) to play him in the film.
“I don’t want to have anyone like Johnny Depp act as me. I rather have someone who is relatively unknown.”
Although the remark does come off as a snide jab at the infamous defamation trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, it could also be because Depp is well past the requisite age of what Osbourne’s biopic needs in accordance with the script.
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Ozzy Osbourne Biopic Currently in the Works By Lee Hall
As is the norm with greatly talented yet troubled musicians, the life of Ozzy Osbourne was one splattered with volatile events accompanied by spiraling periods of drugs and substance abuse. The untitled biopic which will now focus on Osbourne’s life is said to feature two decades of his life and career, and the film will innately represent on screen the saga of his troubled psyche and the struggle with addiction in a no holds barred narrative. When asked if that should be a problem for the singer, the Prince of Darkness replied,
“I don’t give a sh*t. I mean, if it’s a success, great. As long as it’s not too slurpy and bullsh*t-y, you know?”
Sharon Osbourne, wife and long-time manager of the heavy metal vocalist has also expressly stated their wish to have a story that is as close to the truth as possible portrayed on screen, without the unnecessary burden of embellishments that present as a marker of a “hallmark movie.”
“Our film will be a lot more real. We don’t want it to be squeaky, shiny clean and all of that. We’re not making it for kids. It’s an adult movie for adults.”
The script of the untitled biopic will be adopted by Oscar-nominated playwright and screenwriter Lee Hall with inputs from Aimée Osbourne. No release date has been set so far for the film’s premiere.
Source: Consequence Sound