Amy Winehouse’s best friend praises one thing about ‘horrifying’ film Back to Black

Tyler James, a close friend of late singer Amy Winehouse, has criticized a new biopic about the singer as he says it fails to capture the “amazing, beautiful” person he knew.

Back to Black Marisa Abela as the “Rehab” singer, and Jack O’Connell as her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil.

The film was directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, and follows a young Winehouse (Abela) as she meets Fielder-Civil in a nightclub at the start of her career, then falls into drug addiction. and eating disorders. .

The film received mixed to negative reviews from critics, with The Independents Charlotte O’Sullivan criticizes the use of the “abhorrent” metaphor and suggests it “shouldn’t be taken seriously”.

James has now made the same withering comment, declaring that Winehouse herself would be “furious” at the way he described it.

He said: “I didn’t expect it to be completely real or accurate.” Day on Sunday. But it was worse than I thought it would be. It was horrible and didn’t do her justice.

“They’re off the hook, they’re enjoying his amazing life and they’re missing the big parts. It doesn’t tell his story. A lot could have been said in this film which would have made a better picture and full of who Amy is.”

Marisa Abela and Jack O’Connell in “Back to Black” (Dean Rogers / Focus Features)

James, a singer currently living in Ireland, met 12-year-old Winehouse when they both attended the Sylvia Young Theater School in London. They became close friends and lived together from the age of 18 until Winehouse’s death.

“I was not angry because I was watching the story of her life, because the film was very far from my life with Amy and the truth, there were many strange mistakes,” he he said. Back to Black.

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James is shown only briefly in the film, and actor Spike Fearn takes the role, despite spending a lot of time with him.

“I don’t need to be there for the whole movie to know what we were saying to each other. I was there for him in real life and this is just a movie. And I really felt apart from it. It was like watching a dream, believing,” he said.

Amy Winehouse’s friend, Tyler James, spoke about the new film about her life (Getty)

However, he said he was happy to see how the film showed that Winehouse “really loved” Fielder-Civil: “And she loved him. I loved Blake and I’m glad he wasn’t made a villain, because he was not.

“There was often no sympathy for him, as if he was responsible for everything.”

Fielder-Civil himself recently appeared in an interview with Good Morning Britain to discuss how the public has perceived her since Winehouse’s death, and how she feels about Back to Black.

She and the “Love Is A Lost Game” artist met at a publishing house in 2005 and dated before marrying in 2007. They divorced two years later.

Appears on Friday (April 12) of Good Morning Britain, Fielder-Civil told the ITV show’s producers that she found the film “almost cathartic in a way” and that she believes some episodes made her feel she was being seen “in a more accurate representation”.

“Not in the sense of being let off the hook or whitewashed, like [has] it’s been said … in the sense that it wasn’t just an addiction,” he said.

“Although that would have been the headlines, and the focus of the paparazzi, there was addiction, but it was only a part. The relationship began as all relationships do.”

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