The Dirt is Netflix’s new musical biopic focusing on famous 1980s band Mötley Crüe – the music, the drugs, the fame, and the exploits. Starring Machine Gun Kelly, Pete Davidson, Douglas Booth, and Daniel Webber, the film follows Mötley Crüe’s climb from the lowly streets of Hollywood to international fame.
Though boasting a high audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, critics have virtually dismissed the film as “pointless” and “out of touch” with contemporary society. Glamorizing the band’s reckless behavior as part of the “rock and roll” lifestyle, it fails to reach the emotional levels inherent to films like Bohemian Rhapsody, Walk the Line, and Ray.
While the movie may be suffering on the critical front, the major cast members gave it their all, and they brought commendable performances to a script that did not provide much depth. However, though Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) may be the perfect Tommy Lee, embodying his bad-boy demeanor with ease, MGK auditioned for a different role.
Machine Gun Kelly auditioned as Nikki Sixx
During an interview with JoBlo.com, MGK revealed that he auditioned as Nikki Sixx. Nikki Sixx is played by Douglas Booth, who admits that he initially wanted to play Tommy Lee after reading the script. Douglas Booth is most known for starring in LOL (alongside Miley Cyrus), 2013’s Romeo and Juliet, and Mary Shelley.
Douglas Booth goes on to explain how the casting director did a great job of guiding each of the main cast members into the roles most suited to their abilities and personalities.
Machine Gun Kelly is perfect for Tommy Lee, and while playing Nikki Sixx – the songwriter behind many of the band’s famous lyrics – would have also been an honor, it does feel like less of a fit.
Who play Mick Mars and Vince Neil in Netflix’s ‘The Dirt?’
Mick Mars and Vince Neil – the other two famous Mötley Crüe bandmates – are played by Iwan Rheon and Daniel Webber respectively.
Iwan Rheon is widely recognized for starring in the HBO mega-hit Game of Thrones as Ramsay Bolton. However, despite gaining national acclaim in this part, he is also well known for starring in the UK original Misfits alongside Netflix’s new star of The Umbrella Academy, Robert Sheehan.
Daniel Webber stars in The Punisher on Netflix and has also appeared in Australia Day, Thumper, All Night Gaming, and Teenage Kicks. He is set to star in Danger Close as Private Paul Large in 2019, according to IMDb.
Both Daniel Webber and Iwan Rheon, alongside MGK and Douglas Booth, deliver convincing performances. This film relies on sheer madness to produce what is seemingly intended to be a guilt-free joy ride, and the cast members all rise to the occasion.
Watch ‘The Dirt’ or skip it?
If you’re a fan of Mötley Crüe’s music, then you will enjoy this film, as it’s a high energy ride. However, if you’re not already a fan of the music and are looking for a movie that goes beyond the surface level, you can skip this one.
The movie is a bit “in your face” and tries to cram too much narrative into its runtime. As a result, the movie fails to ever hit the high note that you anticipate going in.