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Roky in the U.K.

Roky in the U.K.

Sylvie Simmons at The Guardian profiles the Roky Erickson documentary, You’re Gonna Miss Me, on the eve of its screening at the London Film Festival. The documentary about the troubled musician, which premiered at SXSW this year, was directed by Keven McAlester. Simmons’ piece offers some fascinating insight into Erickson’s return to the spotlight (and the big screen). An excerpt:

“Back in Austin, Roky, dressed in slacks and checked shirt, his dark mullet combed off his face, smiles when I ask what he thought of the documentary, showing off expensive new teeth. ‘I liked it,’ he says. His answers, like Brian Wilson’s, tend towards the short and positive. As for what feelings its harrowing scenes evoked, he says: ‘Good feelings.’ [His brother] Sumner adds affectionately, ‘He’s the strongest man I know.’

Roky asks if I know about another film being made about his life – a big Hollywood production. ‘We’re hoping Jack Black will star as me.’ When Black’s people asked Sumner for the option on Roky’s story, Sumner got Roky to watch a Saturday Night Live re-run that Black guest-hosted. Roky’s conclusion: ‘I think he would do the right job for me.'”

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