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BRIAN WILSON BIOPIC IN PRE-PRODUCTION

1/18/2013

The long awaited Brian Wilson biopic is now on track with one of its leading men already cast, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Actor Paul Dano, best known for his role in Little Miss Sunshine, will play the Beach Boys' leader in the film, titled, Love And Mercy. The movie will be directed by Bill Pohlad best known for serving as producer on Brokeback Mountain. Love And Mercy was written by Oren Moverman, who co-wrote the groundbreaking I'm Not There Bob Dylan movie.

 

Brian Wilson is clearly excited by the project and told Rolling Stone: "I am thrilled that Paul Dano has signed on to play me during one of my most creative explosions and most fulfilling musical times in my career. I still can't believe how cool it is that my life will be portrayed on the big screen, and to have Bill Pohlad as the captain of the Sloop John B is amazing! It just makes me feel so humble. I can't wait to see it with a full tub of buttered popcorn."

  • Around the time of the Beach Boys' 1966/1967 Smile sessions, Brian Wilson's mental illness and auditory hallucinations began in earnest, which put a horrific strain on his personal and professional life: "I remember hearing voices in my head. Voices say, ''We're gonna kill you, you gonna be murdered, you have two years to live, we're gonna sabotage your music, we're gonna kill your wife, we're gonna shoot your daughters' -- very, very, evil. Very evil kind of thing. Evil trip."

FAST FACTS

  • Brian Wilson co-founded the Beach Boys in 1961 with his late brothers Dennis and Carl Wilson, his cousin Mike Love, neighbor David Marks, and high school buddy Al Jardine. It was Wilson's genius for arranging intricate harmonies that first set him apart from his peers, an ability made even more impressive because he is 97 percent deaf in his right ear. He is the sole-surviving member of his immediate family, with his father Murry dying in 1973, his brothers Dennis and Carl dying in 1983 and 1998, respectively, and his mother Audree passing on in 1997.
  • Against all odds, Wilson and the Beach Boys recently wrapped their 50th anniversary tour and enjoyed their first Top Ten album in 36 years -- and their first Top Three hit since 1965 -- with That's Why God Made The Radio, which Wilson co-wrote and produced.
  • Between 1962 and 1967 Wilson produced a total of 22 Top 40 hits, including the group's classics "Surfin' U.S.A," "In My Room," "Little Deuce Coupe," "Surfer Girl," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Don't Worry Baby," "I Get Around," "Help Me, Rhonda," "California Girls," "Barbara Ann," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Good Vibrations," and many more.
  • In the late '60s and early '70s Wilson's growing mental and drug abuse problems forced him to retreat from both the band and public life. He was twice entrusted into the care of an unorthodox psychotherapist, Eugene Landy, who by the early '90s had taken over almost complete control of Wilson's personal, professional, and financial interests.
  • In 1994 Wilson remarried and has since adopted five children. Since 1998, his wife Melinda has been his chief adviser and manager.

CHECK IT OUT: Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson in 1976 performing "I'm Bugged At My Old Man":

Brian Wilson On Hearing Voices

Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock, Rolling Stone, Billboard and NME


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