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Johnny Flynn Initially Tried To Turn Down Role In David Bowie Biopic

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Johnny Flynn has revealed that he initially rejected the offer to portray David Bowie in Stardust, a biopic of the legendary musician.

The biopic, which debuted on Wednesday (November 25), has been at the center of disagreement since Bowie's son Duncan Jones claimed that his family did not authorize the use of Bowie's music in the project.

The movie focuses on the events leading up to Bowie adopting his iconic Ziggy Stardust persona.

Flynn says he was initially "cynical" when he was approached for the role by director Gabriel Range.

"In fact, I tried to turn it down the first time I read the script," Flynn said in an interview with Yahoo Entertainment. "I was like, 'No way, nobody should touch that. It's not something that should be done or attempted.'"

"But when I realized what the story was that Gabriel was trying to tell, I thought, 'This is really worthwhile and really interesting, and is totally not offensive,'" he added.

Noting that some fans are upset over Stardust, Flynn urged them to see the film before drawing conclusions.

Flynn says he never wanted to offend anyone with this onscreen portrayal, adding, "I just think, if you see the film, you can't really be offended by it. … It means a lot to me, and I care. I care a lot about it, because I always knew it'd be a huge risk to do.
I didn't take it on lightly."

He assures fans and viewers of Stardust that the film was created with complete love and admiration for David Bowie.

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