Were You Mad? Things Fans Say These Biopics Got Wrong

August 20, 2015  |  
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Have you been keeping up with all the biopics that have come out lately? You’re never going to be 100 percent happy with the way your favorite celebrity is portrayed. But fans say these biopics came way short of hitting the mark.

Dr. Dre’s Missing Storyline

While Straight Outta Compton continues to outdo the competition at the box office, several women from Dr. Dre’s past brought up a big missing piece from the story: his shocking history of violence against women.

Eazy-E’s Missing Story

E.B. (Erin Bria) Wright says her father — the late Eazy-E — played a big part in NWA that largely went untold in the film. Now she’s working on her own biopic to highlight her father’s legacy.

Whitney‘s Bad Timing…

Whitney Houston’s family members aren’t the only ones to point out that the 2015 Lifetime biopic came way too soon. Rosie Perez had this to say:

“I just thought that movie that came out, and this is no disrespect to Angela Bassett because I love Angela Bassett, but an unauthorized biography about her mom? It must have killed her.

That was a terrible phrasing, let me take that back. It must have really hurt her deeply to watch that. We forget that these people are human beings and we sit there and we talk about people. We put people into the tabloids and we forget, we’re human beings.”

…And Its Unauthorized Status

Did Whitney get a whole lot wrong? Houston’s family said they were outraged that Whitney went forward without their consent or input. Pat Houston issued a statement about the film:

“…to go after someone who cannot correct what you get wrong, someone who — like so many people, and especially women — struggled to hold up their humanity and live with dignity despite their personal challenges, is wrong.

I don’t think it ever entered their minds that they were assaulting the legacy of another individual; they just want the job or the opportunity to shine.”

Aaliyah‘s Casting Choice

Black Twitter was so upset with Alexandra Shipp playing Aaliyah in Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B  (and a host of other failed portrayals presented during the movie) that they started the hilarious meme #LifetimeBeLike. It poked fun at other hilariously bad casting choices the network probably would have been in favor of for further bad biopics.

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Everything Else About Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B

From the awkward title to the awkward way it covered controversial moments in Aaliyah’s life, it seemed like everyone found something not to like about the Lifetime biopic. But no one spoke up louder than Aaliyah’s friend and producer Timbaland who flooded Instagram with videos and memes, upset with the entire movie.

Mr. Winehouse Has A Bone To Pick With Amy

Pebbles isn’t the only one upset with how they were portrayed in a biopic. If you watched the Amy Winehouse biopic, the singer’s father, Mitch Winehouse, wants you to know they got him all wrong. He said he’s been unfairly portrayed as the villain of the movie and “Amy would be furious. This is not what she would have wanted.”

The real villain in Amy’s story according to Mitch? Her ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil. Mitch said Civil got off lightly in the doc. But if the truth came out, Civil “wouldn’t be allowed to walk the streets.”

The Woman By His Side in All Is By My Side

Lots of people loved Andre 3000 in All Is By My Side — except Jimi Hendrix’s former girlfriend Kathy Etchingham. She said that the film got it way wrong when they portrayed her “as a lowlife groupie.”

“There is no doubt it is defamatory, but there is nothing I can do about it.”

Pebbles’ Role In CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story

While most of us enjoyed CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, one person hated it. TLC’s former manager Pebbles said she was going to sue Viacom for maliciously and falsely portraying her as “a conniving and dishonest business woman who hoodwinked three innocent girls and exploited their talent for her own personal gain.”

At the time, she was seeking $40 million for the damage to her reputation.

Zoe Saldana As Nina Simone

Few biopics have garnered quite as much casting controversy as Nina did for going with Zoe Saldana — especially when these photos of Saldana in what looks like blackface hit the web.

But director Cynthia Mort said she’s not bothered by the criticism:

“People don’t like anything. If Jesus Christ walked in here right now, they’d say, ‘Great carpenter, but terrible guy.’ They’ll find something about everything. There’s nothing positive until they see it.

Diana Ross was as close to Billie Holiday as you can get, but when [Lady Sings the Blues] came out, they were worried about that[.]The picture is eventually going to have to make its own track no matter what. But I think every knock is a boost, as long as they’re talking about it.”

The film has yet to see the light of day.

Everything About The Brittany Murphy Story

If you watched this Lifetime mistake, you were probably one of the many Murphy fans who echoed the sentiments of Murphy’s father, Angelo Bertolotti:

“I am disgusted and outraged that Lifetime decided to produce such a trashy project, defiling the memory of my beautiful, talented daughter, Brittany Murphy.

Lifetime’s casting was atrocious, Amanda Fuller, the girl playing Brittany, looks absolutely nothing like her. Everyone looks ridiculous in their bad wigs and the dialogue is nauseating.”

And the rest of the viewing audience said, “Amen.”

Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs

When the papers first announced this casting choice for the biopic Jobs, fans and followers of the late innovator were not happy. And now that the movie has officially bombed, casting directors are probably wondering if the fans were right all along.

The Scandals In The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story

When it comes to biopics, Lifetime just can’t seem to get anything right. Dennis Haskins, the actor who played high school principal Mr. Belding in Saved By The Bell said this biopic based on Dustin Diamond’s salacious book was almost 100 percent made up. How does he know? He was there. In fact, he said that behind the scenes, things were pretty normal. “There just wasn’t any craziness. Yeah people dated each other, okay? So what?”

42‘s Awkward Storytelling

Did you watch this Jackie Robinson biopic? Chris Rock did, and he let everyone who watched the DVD extras from Top Five know exactly why he was mad:

“Any civil rights movie, there’s two heroes: There’s the black hero — and the white person who’s equally as important.

People liked that movie. I thought it was a piece of sh–.

Just the whole ‘legend of Jackie Robinson’ bullsh–. They try to make it seem like he got to play because he was so good — like he was the first black man that actually learned how to play baseball. Like all the black people before him were just licking the ball.”


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