Mick Jagger Wanted To Make The Rolling Stones Movie But Keith Richards Refused, Ben Stiller Says
Famous actor and comedian Ben Stiller joined an interview with The Howard Stern Show. He confirmed that he was about to shoot a Rolling Stones comedy movie after a conversation with the band’s frontman Mick Jagger. Stiller shared the pitching process and noted that Keith Richards rejected it.
There were countless documentary movies about The Rolling Stones that reflected live performances, tours, and highlighted some unforgettable moments. The most known ones are ’25×5: The Continuing Adventures of the Rolling Stones,’ ‘Charlie Is My Darling,’ ‘Gimme Shelter,’ ‘Crossfire Hurricane,’ and ‘Shine a Light.’ They generally consist of special interviews from band members and unseen footage from their concerts.
However, Mick Jagger probably wanted to work on something more exciting and different, as he reached out to Hollywood actor, director, and screenwriter Ben Stiller via his producing partner Victoria Pearman. Stiller got very excited about Jagger’s movie idea, but it was the actor’s job to convince the remaining band members to make a comedy film about the band. However, Richards didn’t like the idea.
Stiller remembered those moments during his recent appearance, saying they pitched the movie in a gym in Toronto after The Rolling Stones had finished their rehearsal. The actor admitted that he’s not good at sharing his ideas, and he understood why this movie couldn’t be shot because their fans’ wished for a concert film, not a funny one. The film would probably be very successful considering the popularity of rock biopics, Mötley Crüe’s ‘The Dirt,’ Freddie Mercury’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ and Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man.’
Stiller recalled these moments, saying:
“First of all, Mick was calling because his producing partner Victoria Pearman had reached out to us. I think she’d seen maybe ‘The Ben Stiller Show’ or something, and she was saying, ‘Hey, Mick has this idea.’ So, to have Mick pitch us on the call about what he wanted to do… The sort of the catch was that we had to pitch The Rolling Stones. So, Mick got us on board, but he was like, ‘You got to get everybody else on board.’
Then we went to Toronto, and they were rehearsing in a girls’ school or something in the gymnasium. We got to sit and watch them. They rehearsed for like an hour before.”
He continued by saying:
“Just looking back while trying to pitch, and I’m not good at pitching stuff. I was trying to tell them how funny it would be. Even just the idea of comedy and rock and roll… I don’t think anybody would want to see the funny fans, like super fan guys who are crawling up on the lightning, rigging to try to get close to the band, and falling behind the back. The idea probably wouldn’t have worked in execution because people would have just wanted to see The Rolling Stones concert film.”
You can watch the interview below.