Mark E Smith backs Brad Pitt to play him in Fall biopic

Frontman suggests Hollywood actor for lead role

Mark E. Smith of The Fall has suggested that Brad Pitt should play him in a film of his life.

Smith was asked about actor Sam Riley’s portrayal of him in the 2002 film 24 Hour Party People by The Guardian with the frontman stating he is not a fan of musical biopics in general. “It’s those film people, like that bloke who played Johnny Cash. It was fucking ridiculous, wasn’t it? They may as well have got the bloke who plays Batman.” Adding: “Get in the guy out of Fight Club. He’d make a great me.”

Sam Riley later went on to play Ian Curtis in the 2007 movie Control.

Elsewhere in the interview, Smith suggests that England manager Roy Hodgson should select players from the lower leagues to play for their country as they are more prepared to fight for success than “superstar” players such as Rio Ferdinand.

“I’d only have three Premiership players and the rest from down the lower leagues. They’d want to play for England, rather than this lot who don’t particularly seem to want to,” Smith argues. “Why don’t they have the bleeding defender from Tranmere or summat from the top of the bleeding third division? They should have the backline of Blackpool, they wouldn’t let anybody through because they’re used to it, aren’t they? They’re not bloody superstar defenders like Rio Ferdinand but they’re used to stopping superior opposition.”

Mark E. Smith hit the headlines earlier this year after labelling Mumford and Sons a ‘mongoloid Irish folk band’.