Brittany Murphy, Amanda Fuller in The Brittany Murphy Story
Brittany Murphy's father Angelo Bertolotti is speaking out against Lifetime's upcoming unauthorized biopic The Brittany Murphy Story -- and we can't blame him.
"I am disgusted and outraged that Lifetime decided to produce such a trashy project, defiling the memory of my beautiful, talented daughter, Brittany Murphy. Frankly, I am amazed at their audacity of calling it 'a true story,' without conducting any research or consulting with any members of the family," Bertolotti told The Examiner. "The Brittany Murphy Story is an affront to everything my daughter was in real life. It's hideous, unauthorized and completely untrue."
The Brittany Murphy Story looks bad, even by Lifetime standards
Bertolotti takes specific issue with the casting of Amanda Fuller, an actress who looks nothing like his daughter and who's poor styling on the film only makes things worst. "Lifetime's casting was atrocious," Bertolotti said. "Amanda Fuller, the girl playing Brittany, looks absolutely nothing like her. Everyone looks ridiculous in their bad wigs and the dialogue is nauseating."
To add insult to injury, The Brittany Murphy Story never even alludes to Brittany having a father at all. "To suggest that I was never in Brittany's life since the age of 2 is absolutely despicable. I was always a part of Brittany's life and supported both her and her mother," he said. "Anyone who thinks that [her mother] Sharon and Brittany could afford to move from New Jersey to California by selling Tupperware should have their heads examined."
While Murphy's official cause of death in 2009 was determined to be a combination of pneumonia, anemia and over-the-counter and prescription drug intoxication, Bertolotti continues to assert that his daughter and her husband Simon Monjack, who died of nearly the exact same causes five months later, were poisoned. (For the movie's part, they attempt to make the case that "Hollywood" killed Brittany.)
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"To make a film about Brittany's life and death, while her true cause of death is pending re-investigation, is in extremely poor taste. It's completely inappropriate," Bertolotti said, adding he's developing his own biopic to be released "only after there is justice for Brittany."
Fuller continues to defend the film, saying she had only two days to prepare and 16 days to film on a miniscule budget. "It is what it is," Fuller told The TV Page. "All of our hearts were in the right place.
"I would have loved to have months of preparation and time to get down to a really skinny [body] so I could portray her physically better," she continued. "And we would have loved to have had more money and more time for vocal lessons and stuff like that. But in the end, I think it became less of it being a look-alike piece and more about just trying to capture the essence of who she was."
Fuller has even gone so far to block Bertolotti on Twitter after he repeatedly harassed her. "He can do what he wants. But I just think it is interesting that the minute she is back in the press he is all about, 'I am going to sue' and all that stuff," Fuller said. "If he really respected his daughter's memory then I don't know if he would be trying to make all this controversy about it. Let her rest in peace."
The Brittany Murphy Story premieres on Lifetime at 8/7c. Will you watch?
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