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Back in harmony: Jett and Currie boost "The Runaways"
By Tim Campbell
January 27, 2010
By Colin Covert
Park City, Utah
exploits are the subject of “The Runaways,” a rock drama
that chronicles the band’s rowdy life on the road in the ‘70s
and the love-hate-rivalry relationship between Jett and lead singer
Cherie Currie (played by “Twilight” costars Kristen Stewart
and Dakota Fanning.)
The indie film dramatizes The Runaways’ rocky path to the top of the rockpile and its bruising fall. Most of what’s onscreen is based on reality, both rockers agreed. A scene where a surly, anonymous hair band refuses to let the girls get a sound check was based on a real life run-in with Rush, Jett said. “Then they sat by the side of the stage and laughed at us.”
Currie’s memoir “Neon Angel” served as the basis for the screenplay, and she sometimes wondered why “reality wasn’t good enough” for the film, which shifts timelines and combines characters for dramatic effect. Jett, an executive producer of the film, was on set every day as an advisor, helping Stewart nail her Marykand drawl and guitar licks.
Jett and Currie agreed that the film gets the big picture right, dealing frankly with issues of addiction and excess backstage. Currie endorsed the movie’s portrait of her as a 15-year-old moving from a broken home to a dysfunctional substitute family in a teenage rock band.
As for a controversial scene of Stewart and Fanning locking lips at length, Currie said, it honestly represents an era when David Bowie and Elton John had come out and bisexual experimentation was widespread.
Asked for her take on
the love scene’s accuracy, Jett smirked and said, “I’m
not a kiss-and-teller.”
Bill Pohlad and Bob Berney's
distribution house Apparition will roll out "The Runaways"
in March as Jett releases a greatest hits double CD and kicks off
a nationwide tour.