Chuck Barris was the host of The Gong Show and creator of The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game. He was also an assassin for the CIA. Okay, that’s more than likely not true – but Barris himself made those claims in his autobiography Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. The CIA denied Barris was an agent – but that’s exactly what they would say, isn’t it? Of course, Barris himself also admitted he made the whole thing up. No matter – it was a good story, and it was turned into a twisted little film directed by George Clooney and starring Sam Rockwell as Barris. Now, the story is being adapted again – into an Apple TV+ series starring Justin Timberlake.
It can’t be easy watching a movie about your life. Some people get extremely agitated when pivotal parts of their favorite book aren’t in the film adaptation, so imagine what’d be like for those people seeing an unfaithful or highly dramatized version of their own life shown on the big screen. The movie, especially if it’s popular, is going to be associated with their image forever. Not all audience members leave a theater saying, “I bet that one scene was dramatized for storytelling purposes,” so, if the portrait of its subject is unflattering or inaccurate, that can’t feel great for the subject.
Many folks featured in bio movies have felt left the theater not feeling so hot on how they’ve been depicted, while others have been pleased with the results. Learn about a few biopic reactions from the subjects after the jump.