Between Factory and Fiction

Making Myths with the Two Biggest Twats in Manchester

ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THAT TRADE-OFF, TONY? TW: I'm very happy. I always say that my public image is none of my business. SC: I think Tony's attitude toward the film was reminiscent of his attitude toward his bands. He never said, "You can't put that in the film." TW: I tried to. No one listened.

STEVE SAID HE DIDN'T WANT TO STITCH YOU UP, TONY. BUT THE BRITISH MARKETING FOR THE MOVIE FEATURED A PICTURE OF STEVE AS YOU, WITH THE WORD 'TWAT' SPLASHED ACROSS IT. TW: I approved that! SC: People in the north of England express affection by insulting one another. Northerners are not touchy-feely. TW: Except when they're on E. SC: But there's great civic affection for Tony. Peter Hook of New Order said that the film is about the biggest twat in Manchester being played by the second biggest twat in Manchester. Which I thought was lovely. TW: That's how it is in Manchester. You just don't praise your mates.

IS IT A SURREAL EXPERIENCE WATCHING THE FILM, TONY? TW: I can't deal with it. It's too strange. Last night I was on Sunset Boulevard, very stoned, and I saw the huge billboard with Steve as me, wearing my shades. The only words that came to mind were: Does Not Compute.

Coogan (left) and Wilson: "The whole film is a pack of lies."
photo: Richard Mitchell
Coogan (left) and Wilson: "The whole film is a pack of lies."

WAS IT DIFFICULT TO REVISIT IAN CURTIS'S DEATH? TW: Largely, I cut myself off from it. But when I stepped out of the car at Cannes and walked up the red carpet, the PA started booming out Joy Division's "Atmosphere" and I just burst into tears. Only then did it occur to me that I'd had a wonderful time working on this great film, but that it is actually about a lot of my dear friends, most of whom are dead. The film's not nostalgic, though, and I'm pleased about that. I'm always against the past.

Also in this issue:
Dennis Lim's review of 24 Hour Party People

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