According to reports, John Lydon was snubbed from the upcoming Sex Pistols-based series Pistol for being “too difficult to work with”.
Legend of the punk scene and Sex Pistols’ former friend, Jordan Mooney, has claimed that it was Rotten’s poor attitude that led to his involvement in the series being overlooked.
In an interview with The Sun, Mooney said: “He would just be a saboteur and he wouldn’t bring much to the table.” She then maintained, “John argues for the sake of arguing. He’s a difficult person and I can’t say that part of him has changed at all.”
Mooney posited that “as he’s got older, he’s only got more difficult – he’s contrary… John has got a few issues about his importance in the world so him not being involved is the best thing that can happen.”
Lydon recently made headlines when he spoke out about the show. The ex-Pistols frontman labelled it “the most disrespectful shit I’ve ever had to endure.” He also threatened to take legal action as the show has not requested his consent. In the indignant interview with The Sunday Times, he reacted to the recent publicity shots promoting the mini-series.
Lydon concluded by saying, “I mean, they went to the point to hire an actor to play me, but what’s the actor working on? Certainly not my character. It can’t go anywhere else (but court).”
Pistol has been created for TV by Craig Pearce (Moulin Rouge!). It is written by Pearce and Frank Cottrell-Boyce (24 Hour Party People). Trainspotting‘s Danny Boyle will act as director and executive production duties.
The series began filming in April. Although no release date has been confirmed yet. Anson Boon stars as Lydon, and Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious.
Watch the music video for Sex Pistols ‘Holidays in The Sun’.