Culture Club frontman Boy George claims that Harry Styles received an offer to play him in an upcoming biopic, but “run away” because he was “too scared”. Photos / Getty Images
Legendary ’80s pop star and former Culture Club member Boy George accused Harry Styles of being “too scared” to play him in an upcoming biopic.
The 60-year-old singer/songwriter claims that Styles was in talks to portray him in a new movie, but that the former One Direction singer had “run away” and now Yungblud is in talks to take the lead role.
She told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “They’re looking after a boy named Yungblud. He’s a big British sensation. He’s quite young and auditioning. There was talk of Harry Styles, but I think he ran away. He was scared.”
After Culture Club’s 1983 hit song Karma Chameleon, the biopic will document Boy George – born George Alan O’Dowd – rise to fame.
He was due to begin filming this year, but the Covid-19 pandemic and casting issues put him off.
Boy George said, “I don’t want it to be like someone else’s fantasy. I feel like it has to be honest and truthful as well as funny. I’m telling the truth because it’s so much more interesting than the real stuff. I just made it up, you know.”
Boy George lived an eventful life, and his four-month sentence for accidentally imprisoning a male escort in 2009 is likely to appear in the biography.
Talking about it earlier, he said: “I always claimed that prison would finish me off, but it didn’t.
“You find the strength somehow. It was a life-changing experience and I feel like I came out of this situation with some wisdom and knowledge.
“I don’t really see that period in my life as negative… But I don’t want to go back either.”
Yıldız acknowledged that her “problems”, which included being sentenced to community service after police found cocaine in her home in New York in 2006, were a valuable life lesson, but she also reminded that she has not completely gotten rid of her “nihilistic” thinking. It is the attitude of his youth that he wants to cling to.
“There was always a mistake in me, but that’s okay. As for the troubles I went through in 2006 and 2009, of course these are the things I’m not proud of.
“Yet they also remind me that I have never been able to get rid of my nihilistic attitude in the past, nor do I want to throw it away.
“And every mistake is a positive life lesson… It really is.”