Did Tony Basgallop intend his script for Worried About the Boy to be quite so funny as it turned out? I'm not sure. Obviously, one can't write a Boy George biopic and not stuff it full of wannabe Dorothy Parker wit. So there were some, er, choice one-liners. But generally the theme was: poor George, so lonely, so misunderstood, so sorely used by all those naughty straight boys who liked to pretend he was a girl. Man, that song.
Boy George: What I thought of Worried About The Boy
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Thursday 13 May , The story begins before he was famous, and tells the story of him leaving home in the suburbs and becoming a leading figure on the New Romantic club and fashion scene. It leads all the way up to him starting Culture Club and falling in love with Jon Moss. Boy George spoke to me about how he felt about having a programme made about his personal life - and what he thought of the actors, the costumes and the make up.
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The result, though, was a stunning, sensitive and surprisingly moving production. Douglas Booth, who played the lead role, was mesmerising. In this he was helped by a crackling script. Their hesitant, ill-fated affair was portrayed with an emotional depth which typified the whole production.