Richard Simmons Opposes Unauthorized Biopic

Fitness Icon Richard Simmons Breaks Silence on Controversial Film.

by Nouman Rasool
Richard Simmons Opposes Unauthorized Biopic
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In a surprising turn of events, Richard Simmons, the iconic fitness instructor known for his 80s fame, has publicly disavowed an upcoming biopic in which comedian Pauly Shore is set to portray him. This rare statement from Simmons, who has notably shied away from the public eye in recent years, underscores his non-involvement in the project.

The biopic, yet to be titled, made headlines on Wednesday when Pauly Shore, an actor-comedian, announced his casting. This decision followed the viral buzz created by Shore's resemblance to Simmons, further cemented by Shore's portrayal of Simmons in a separate short film, "The Court Jester," set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this Friday.

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Simmons, 75, took to Facebook to address this development: "Hi Everybody! You may have heard they may be doing a movie about me with Pauly Shore. I have never given my permission for this movie.

So don't believe everything you read. I no longer have a manager, and I no longer have a publicist. I just try to live a quiet life and be peaceful. Thank you for all your love and support. Richard." Renowned in the 80s for his high-energy aerobics videos, particularly "Sweatin’ to the Oldies," and his vibrant appearances on talk shows, Simmons became an enigmatic figure following his retreat from the spotlight.

His absence sparked the 2017 podcast "Missing Richard Simmons," which faced criticism for its invasive nature. Simmons later clarified his preference for a private life. Warner Bros subsidiary, the Wolper Organisation, is producing the biopic, envisioned as a "dramatic and heartfelt feature in the tone of Little Miss Sunshine." The production house conveyed to Variety their respect for Simmons's privacy and intent to create a film that honors his legacy.

"We know he is deeply private and we would never want to invade that, however he is an amazing person that changed millions of people's lives, and the effect he has had on the world needs to be recognized,” they stated.

Shore, in his attempts to reach out to Simmons, shared on Facebook, “I’ve noticed all the reactions to me playing Richard Simmons in a new biopic... I’m trying to make it happen for you guys. Be optimistic”.

He further commented on the biopic's announcement, emphasizing Simmons's influence on mental health and fitness, and his unforgettable presence on television.