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It’S So Easy And Other Lies, based on Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan’s New York Times best-selling memoir, is in theaters now. The film chronicles Duff’s rise to fame, his near fatal struggles with addiction, and his transformation into the person he is today.
Recently, I had the chance to speak with director Christopher Duddy. Check it out below!
The doc also features exclusive archival footage and interviews from Duff’s closest friends including fellow Gnr band member Slash, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, and Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx.
How do you adapt a book into a film? That must have been quite the undertaking at the start… What was your approach, and did it stay the same throughout?
It is a tricky undertaking but I had an extra template with the story telling besides the book and that approach was through the live performance Duff gives in the movie. »
- Melissa Howland
Title: It’s So Easy and Other Lies XLrator Media Director: Christopher Duddy Writer: Christopher Duddy & Duff McKagan Cast: Duff McKagan, Slash, Nikki Sixx, Benny Urquidez, Mike McCready, Dave Kushner, Matt Sorum Rated: Unrated (Language) In Theaters: 06/03/16 You may know Duff McKagan from rock bands such as: Loaded, Guns ‘n Roses, Velvet Revolver, Janes Addiction, and Hollywood Vampires. Here he reads to the audience his New York Times best-selling memoir accompanied by an acoustic band playing covers of his past bands famous ditties. Along with interviews with former bandmates Slash, Matt Sorum, and Dave Kushner, there are also home movies of his family and life on the road. If you remember VH1′s Storytellers, this is basically the same [ Read More ]
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'It's So Easy and Other Lies' movie: Biographical documentary of Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan. 'It's So Easy and Other Lies' movie review: Biographical documentary of Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan fails to develop unique idea Any rock and roll documentary that begins with a quote from Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and ends with a reference to Norman Rockwell is gunning for something uncommonly rich and thoughtful. Here, the high-toned references are awkwardly applied to the story of Duff McKagan, Seattle-born bassist of the loud and legendary Guns N' Roses and subject of the documentary It's So Easy and Other Lies. In the annals of rock music, McKagan's tale is sadly typical, at least for those who survive long enough to star in a film about themselves: young rocker bounces from band to band before joining a soon-to-be world-famous group, enjoys a rapid ascent to the top, »
- Mark Keizer
Duff McKagan knows about extremes. For one thing, the guy's really tall. (6'3") For another, he was part of arguably one of the last bands to have a significant impact on rock and roll: Guns N' Roses. Not only did the band record the best-selling debut album in rock history, Appetite for Destruction, but they presided over one of the last eras in which rock music truly had a dominant grip on mainstream culture. And McKagan, 52, barely lived through it. A new documentary, It's So Easy and Other Lies, based on his autobiography, explores McKagan's crazy life through the lens »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
Review by Stephen Tronicek
Christopher Duddy’s It’S So Easy And Other Lies feels long at 84 minutes, but that’s not a criticism. All that means is the movie, which is about the life of the Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan has it’s tone in the right place. It’s a film about a lifetime, and the dynamism of the tone allows the film to feel like an intimate epic.
It helps that the time period covered here is absolutely fascinating. The earlier moments of the film take place in Seattle at the beginning of the punk band scene. The energy that is generated by Duff and the other subjects of the documentary is potent, and exhilarating. There’s an earnestness to listening to Duff talk like you’re talking to an old friend as he pulls artifacts of days past out of a box. . The description »
- Movie Geeks
Music fans are often enthralled with the idea of the high-powered lifestyle that their favorite musicians seemingly live, and fail to realize that their public persona is usually an act that’s constructed to help promote their latest albums. But musicians usually become more willing to honesty share the details of their personal struggles once they overcome the biggest conflicts in their lives. That’s certainly the case in co-writer-director-producer Christopher Duddy’s new autobiographical music documentary, ‘It’s So Easy and Other Lies.’ The film powerfully chronicles the battles that Guns N’ Roses founding member and bass player, Duff McKagan, has contended with throughout his life. Featuring exclusive archival footage, ‘It’s So Easy [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
Just weeks before Guns N' Roses mount a massive arena tour – with classic-lineup members Duff McKagan and Slash back in the fold – bassist McKagan is putting out a documentary about his life story. The film, It's So Easy and Other Lies, captures a special performance he held at a Seattle Theatre in 2013 when he was promoting his like-titled first memoir. It's due out this summer.
A trailer, which is premiering here, shows a mix of animation, performance and talking-head commentary, beginning with the story of how the bassist left Seattle »
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