Johnny Flynn stars as David Bowie in Stardust (Picture: IFC Films)
Stardust actor Johnny Flynn says he was ready for ‘contentiousness’ around the film, a biopic about the late David Bowie.
It charts the musician at 24 during first trip to America before he shot to stardom with his Ziggy Stardust alter-ego.
The film was made without Bowie’s music – much to the upset of fans – and his estate did not give it their blessing.
Johnny says he expected some controversy in a time where people can instantly give ‘kneejerk’ reactions to movies on social media and everyone involved had to ‘tread very carefully’.
The actor argued that parts of Stardust were ‘taken out of context’ prompting the online criticism.
He told PA: ‘In this age of Twitter and kneejerk reactions and people grabbing onto headlines and Chinese whispers happening, I knew that we would have to get this really really right because of the circumstances of these recent biopics, and the story that we were doing was without the state’s blessing on using the music and things like that – not that we ever wanted that, but I knew that we had to tread very carefully.
The film follows the late singer’s trip to America before the creation of alter ego Ziggy Stardust (Picture: Getty)
‘As was bound to happen, some of that stuff has been taken out of context so people have had a very millennial, online reaction to it.
‘But I’m just excited that the film will be seen now and that it can speak for itself because I knew that there was always going to be contentiousness around the idea of a film and that there would be a conversation around it but the balance of what needs to be said will happen once people can actually see the film.’
Joining the Lovesick actor on the cast are Marc Maron as Bowie’s publicist Ron Oberman and The Hunger Games star Jena Malone as his first wife Angie Jones.
David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust era spanned from 1972 until 1974, when the legendary singer was often seen with red hair, wearing space-age jumpsuits and spawned the iconic red and blue lightening flash face paint from his forehead to his right cheek.
Bowie died in 2016 aged 69 from liver cancer.
Stardust is out on VOD platforms now.