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Elijah Wood not playing Iggy Pop

By | Published on Thursday 7 October 2010

Iggy Pop has revealed that Elijah Wood was due to play him in a biopic depicting his life during the rise and fall of The Stooges. However, the whole film seems to have been canned after the singer refused to do any promotional work for it (though he continues to do those Swiftcover ads).

Pop told Triple J: “I think it’s on the shelf. It’s nothing against Elijah, and the script was OK, but they sort of wanted me to jump out of cakes and do promotional things and I didn’t really want to get involved. [Plus], I didn’t think it was time for someone else to tell our story because, inevitably, it’s not just my story, it’s everybody I worked with”.

However, he added that fans will be able to see his story being told on the big screen, but via a documentary rather than a biopic. A doc is apparently in development, directed by Jim Jarmusch. But, as for another biopic project, Pop would rather wait until he’s dead. And then Lindsay Lohan has permission to play him on screen.

Iggy: “You know, I’m not dead yet. When I’m dead then people can do that [make a biopic] to me. If somebody did want to make a biopic of me, I think they should get Lindsay Lohan, actually. She looks like me and she’s the only one with enough attitude, too. They could tape her boobs up or something. She’s been in jail at the right age and everything, so I thought she could do it”.