‘Whether he likes it or not’: Pauly Shore addresses controversy around Richard Simmons biopic

Pauly Shore has once again addressed the ongoing controversy surrounding his involvement in a planned biopic about Richard Simmons. 

Despite Simmons’ disapproval, Shore is determined to portray the popular fitness guru in the film.

“I’m also gonna be starring in the Richard Simmons biopic … whether he likes it or not, Richard,” the Encino Man actor said during his Netflix Is a Joke show in Los Angeles, per Variety.

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Pauly Shore as Richard Simmons.

Shore’s comments come in response to online controversy surrounding the planned film.

News of the biopic being in development with Warner Bros., and Shore’s involvement, broke in January this year.

At the time, Simmons took to Facebook writing that he had “never given [his] permission for this movie”.

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Recently, Simmons took to social media again to comment on the film.

“I just read that a man that I don’t know is writing my biopic starring Pauly Shore,” he wrote on X.

“I do not approve this movie. I am in talks with major studios to create my own biopic with some help. Wait for this movie.”

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In response, Shore posted a screenshot of Simmons’ tweet expressing that it had him “up all night crying”.

He continued to plead with Simmons to get on board with the film.

He wrote: “Richard, you haven’t even heard the pitch. Why don’t you simply let me come over to your house, bring you some warm matzo ball soup and a pastrami sandwich with dark mustard from Canters, rub your feet, and we can listen to the writer, Jordan Allen-Dutton, pitch you our idea?”

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Pauly Shore Richard Simmons photo

While pleading for Simmons’ approval he also noted that many biopics are made without the subjects permission.

”But as you know, many biopics are made without the subject agreeing to be part of it: Elvis, Stephen Hawking, Marilyn Monroe, Steve Jobs and many, many more.”

Invested fans on social media have expressed their opinions on the matter.

Some are pleading with Simmons to get on board with the biopic.

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“Please consider working with Pauly on this,” one user commented on Simmons’ tweet.

While others are defending Simmons and his right to privacy.

“Leave the man along and cancel the project,” another social media commented on Shore’s Instagram post.

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