Not everyone is happy with Columbia Picture’s new film White Boy Rick, the new biopic which stars Matthew McConaughey displays the tumultuous life and times of small time drug dealer turned FBI informant Richard Wershe Jr. At the film’s premiere in Novi, family and friends of Wershe, (who is currently locked up in Florida for different charges) that appear in the film showed up to the premiere to see the film and discuss their issues with the film’s portrayals.
The Detroit Free Press reports that Rick’s real-life sister Dawn Scott was in attendance and apparently very emotional about her own portrayal in the film, she is played by actress Bel Powley. The film portrays some dark elements of Scott’s life showing her bouts with drug addiction, Scott was so moved that she was reportedly crying during the screening and was asked to quiet down by staff of the theater.
Scott did not take too kindly to that and left the theater promptly afterwards with the family and friends that accompanied her. Scott claims that the production crew hadn’t acknowledged her throughout the making of the film which offended her and culminated in a portrayal of her in the film that rubbed her the wrong way.
In a statement caught by Freep, Scott was heard saying: “I am Rick’s sister. How dare you have your people come to me and ask me to be quiet! You have not acknowledged me from day one,” directly to the director of the film Yann Demange.
In addition to this, John Curry who had a close relationship with Rick, taking him under his wing and showing him the ropes of the drug business was in attendance and was also unimpressed with the films portrayal of him.
In a statement Curry said: “As far as my part, it wasn’t the real Johnny Curry,” Curry like Scott, claimed the crew of the film failed to get in touch with him while making the film, creating the role without any input from him.
This is only strange because the studio and director went out of its way to get input from “White Boy Rick” himself. Director Demange has attested to talking with him on a weekly basis since the film began production but it doesn’t seem like the studio made any attempts to communicate with other people who have significant role in Rick’s life.
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