Nikki Sixx Clarifies The ‘Mistake’ In The Mötley Crüe Biopic ‘The Dirt’
Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx was interviewed by The Eddie Trunk Podcast and talked about one of the scenes in the band’s biographical movie ‘The Dirt’ after the host asked whether it was real or not. Sixx unveiled what the screenwriters changed by explaining the reason behind it.
Mötley Crüe’s biographical comedy-drama entitled ‘Dirt,’ which stars Douglas Booth, Colson Baker, Daniel Webber, and Iwan Rheon, was released on March 22, 2019, on Netflix. It was based on the band’s book ‘The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band’ and reflects Mötley Crüe members’ crazy lives including alcohol, drugs, sex, and rock and roll and their journey of becoming one of the most famous bands in the world.
On the other hand, the movie was criticized by most of the movie critics and longtime Mötley Crüe fans and they claimed that it hesitated to show what actually happened in the world’s most notorious rock band. During the podcast, the host also wanted to learn that whether the scene, in which Sixx’s mother was brought to one of the band’s concerts by their manager Doc McGhee, was real or not after he talked with McGhee himself.
Nikki Sixx clarified the mistake in ‘The Dirt’ saying that his mother actually came to the concert by herself while they were playing at the Seattle Coliseum but the writers decided to change it for the sake of the story. Apparently, McGhee wasn’t the person that brought Sixx’s mom to a Mötley Crüe show and Sixx stated that some incidents can be interpreted while working on a scenario even though it’s based on true stories.
Sixx shared his ideas saying:
“When you’re making a movie about 10-20-40 year career… You have to truncate stuff, and you have to be creative with it. We had two managers- we had Doc McGhee and Doug Thaler.
There’s the scene at the beginning where they, we even say, ‘We’re going to take Doug out,’ that was kind of our way of letting you behind the curtain, like how you make movies.
The scene with my mom, when my mom did come, we were playing the Seattle Coliseum, and it was a bad scene.
It was the scene in the movie, they, as the writers needed to place somebody bringing her in, and what would the situation be, and the thing about Doc saying that is, it’s really interesting because everybody has to sign off on the script.
Doc signed off on the script. Yeah, that makes sense. He understood that that made sense. As storytelling, you can’t jump all over the place and have too many characters, so that’s interesting you said that, yeah, that’s how that whole thing happened.”
Furthermore, Nikki Sixx revealed that every band member and their managers read and approved the script before Jeff Tremaine started to shoot ‘The Dirt.’ Thus, Don McGhee understood the reason behind this change and found it reasonable even though the famous manager pointed out the mistake in the movie.