Pauly Shore Appeals to Richard Simmons After Biopic Disapproval

Fitness legend's life becomes center of Hollywood controversy.

by Nouman Rasool
Pauly Shore Appeals to Richard Simmons After Biopic Disapproval
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Hollywood actor Pauly Shore expressed deep emotional distress on Instagram, revealing he was "up all night crying" following fitness icon Richard Simmons' rejection of the unauthorized biopic in which Shore is set to star.

Simmons' sharp disapproval came to light earlier this week when he voiced concerns over the portrayal of his life story without his involvement.

Simmons, who has been a fitness guru for decades, openly criticized the project on social media.

"I just read that a man that I don't know is writing my biopic starring Pauly Shore," he stated. "I do not approve this movie." In contrast, Simmons shared that he is currently in discussions with major film studios to develop his own biopic, urging fans to await a project that has his personal touch.

Biopic Moves Forward

Despite Simmons’ disapproval, the biopic scripted by Jordan Allen-Dutton is proceeding under the banner of The Wolper Organization, a subsidiary of Warner Bros.

Reacting to Simmons’ public rejection, Shore took to Instagram to defend his involvement, emphasizing his suitability to play Simmons over other high-profile actors like Leonardo DiCaprio or Brad Pitt. "Who's better to play you in a movie than ME?" Shore argued, highlighting their perceived similarities that make him an ideal choice for the role.

In a conciliatory tone, Shore extended an invitation to Simmons, suggesting a personal meeting where he could pitch the biopic directly. "You haven't even heard the pitch," Shore pointed out, hopeful that further dialogue might sway Simmons.

In a nod to the film industry's history with unauthorized biopics — citing examples such as Elvis Presley and Steve Jobs — Shore remarked on the commonality of such projects. He reassured that his intentions were to honor Simmons’ legacy, not to mock it.

"The more movies about you, the better! You deserve it," he enthused. Shore also shared insights into his personal connection with the role, drawing parallels between his life and Simmons' Both figures, he noted, have faced isolation despite their public personas. "I definitely feel like I am him," Shore confessed, detailing the solitude that mirrors Simmons' own experiences.