January 12, 2014 9:44 AM   Subscribe

A biopic about Frank Sidebottom starring... Maggie Gyllenhaal and Michael Fassbender.

The world goes:
posted by mykescipark at 10:13 AM on January 12 [1 favorite]

I had never heard of Frank Sidebottom until just this very moment.

Someone is gonna get fired, I tell you what.
posted by louche mustachio at 10:20 AM on January 12 [2 favorites]

Hang on — which Sidebottom came first?
posted by this is a thing at 10:24 AM on January 12

Huh. Never mind. Apparently it's a surname for real people and not just for Fraggles' imaginary friends and/or fun-loving alter egos.
posted by this is a thing at 10:28 AM on January 12

Some supplementary materials: posted by Going To Maine at 10:31 AM on January 12

I love Metafilter for bringing me things from the UK that never made it over to this side of the Atlantic.
posted by octothorpe at 10:37 AM on January 12

So.... who are The Residents?
posted by chavenet at 10:39 AM on January 12 [1 favorite]

And Timperley hasn't forgotten its most famous son.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 10:43 AM on January 12

> Nothing makes a young man feel more alive and on an adventure than speeding down a motorway at 2am next to a man wearing a big fake head.

I have never truly lived.
posted by ardgedee at 10:53 AM on January 12 [8 favorites]

Though I had no clue as to Jon Ronson's involvement, I know I've seen Frank somewhere before - a fever dream, maybe? Whatever the case, I feel like any questions I had left about British music were tidily answered by watching the clip with Hit the North.
posted by item at 10:54 AM on January 12

I have always loved Frank. I assume Fassbender will not be directed by Steve McQueen in this instance.

But is this more or less surreal than the fact that Rentaghost might well be getting remade by Ben Stiller?
posted by biffa at 11:07 AM on January 12 [4 favorites]

In a world gone mad Chiwetel Ejiofor is....

Purple Aki
posted by fullerine at 11:08 AM on January 12 [4 favorites]

I'm displeased by Frank's head remodel. He was my 12 year old self's fave character in Oink! comic and I never quite got over him being 3d in the first place, so I'm doubly skeeved by the Hollywood version...

Witness the 2d glory:
Frank is rubbish at computers
Little Frank is not amused
Dressing up for little Denise.
posted by freya_lamb at 11:12 AM on January 12 [5 favorites]

There's also a 2006 article by Jon Ronson on his Frank Sidebottom experience. You can see that he does like to plagiarize himself a bit.
posted by Going To Maine at 11:31 AM on January 12

Rentaghost might well be getting remade by Ben Stiller

OK, I googled that to see if it was true, and apparently so. What with that and the remake of The Tomorrow People, I'm nervous about what might be next. I think Martin Freeman would make a very good Mr Benn, though. Possibly Tim Burton could reimagine Oliver in the Overworld.

(If you remember that last one, you get copious points. For oldness, if nothing else.)
posted by Grangousier at 11:32 AM on January 12

There's also a 2006 article by Jon Ronson on his Frank Sidebottom experience. You can see that he does like to plagiarize himself a bit.

Sorta, I guess? The footer notes that This is an edited extract from Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie. So this is part of a larger piece, and in the excerpt he makes reference to that 2006 article:
He was wondering if I'd write something about my time in the band to help him with the comeback. My story was published in the Guardian.

posted by mykescipark at 11:38 AM on January 12

That stalwart of early 90s UK college life. RIP Chris Sievey
posted by GallonOfAlan at 11:43 AM on January 12 [1 favorite]

Was just watching Pingu with my daughter as I read this. What a strange interconnected world.

posted by benzenedream at 11:44 AM on January 12

freya_lamb - I know what you mean but,
Because it's a fictional character inspired by frank RT @MrIanWatson: @jonronson Why are the eyes on the movie Frank not round?— jonronson (@jonronson) January 12, 2014

posted by edd at 12:13 PM on January 12

Frank Sidebottom freaked me out as a child/early teen, and I hadn't thought about him for years. Now, yep, those huge sightless staring eyes still freak me out. I'm probably going to have nightmares.
posted by Coobeastie at 12:27 PM on January 12

I was just in TImperley yesterday. Still not gotten round to see the statue, sadly.
posted by Thing at 1:25 PM on January 12

One thing that should also be mentioned -- Chris' earlier band, The Freshies, were amazingly good. Their biggest hit.
posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me at 1:28 PM on January 12 [1 favorite]

So, a character that makes Nash the Slash look mainstream and popular. So...was his music any good?
posted by happyroach at 1:28 PM on January 12

So...was his music any good?

Frank's genius was beyond simplistic concepts like 'good'
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:48 PM on January 12 [4 favorites]

Or Music
posted by fullerine at 2:18 PM on January 12 [2 favorites]

posted by PeterMcDermott at 2:47 PM on January 12

That strange but harmless thing, when the author of the piece in the FPP is tweeting the comments in the thread.
posted by Wordshore at 3:58 PM on January 12 [3 favorites]

I feel like any remake is now possible...Idris Elba as Zippy, Alan Rickman as Basil Brush, James McAvoy and Tom Hiddleston as the Chuckle Brothers...we're basically through the looking glass here.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 6:40 PM on January 12 [3 favorites]

You know it is, it really is...
posted by Webbster at 8:57 PM on January 12

Idris Elba as Zippy

Yes please.
posted by this is a thing at 9:23 PM on January 12 [2 favorites]

Regrettably, rumours that Peter Dinklage plays Little Frank turn out not to be true.
posted by Major Clanger at 11:39 PM on January 12

Frank Sidebottom used to appear on Number 73, the children's Saturday morning TV show that I grew up with. With that and the other random shite I watched as a child it's no wonder I ended up like this. Frank ruled.
posted by longbaugh at 12:33 AM on January 13 [1 favorite]

Hi, Jon! Just been reading Out of the Ordinary. That is some funny stuff!

As well as a bit more, obviously.
posted by Wolof at 4:39 AM on January 13

I saw Frank while working the bar at the Manchester Comedy Festival in the early nineties. Obviously I knew the face but I'd never experienced the full force of a Frank show. At one point he led the entire audience of 2-3 hundred – every one of them – out of the front door of the marquee, round the back, under the raised floor on their knees, and back up through a trap door on the stage that he'd discovered a few minutes earlier – he was immense.
posted by niceness at 5:00 AM on January 13 [3 favorites]

My wife has just discovered Frank Sidebottom, and has declared him Osaka-style comedy. Make of that what you will.
posted by Grangousier at 1:43 PM on January 13 [1 favorite]

I've never understood the appeal of Frank Sidebottom, and now a film? Confused.
posted by penguin pie at 8:32 AM on January 14

Clip from Frank... looks bobbins (well it could be great, but judging from this, it's not 'our' Frank)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:43 AM on January 18

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