A CONTROVERSIAL new comedy featuring a plot about two friends who acquire dismembered body parts belonging to Tom Jones in a pub deal has come under fire from the legendary singer’s fans.
The Valleys-based caper A Bit of Tom Jones? – which receives a cinematic release across Wales next month – has triggered anger from subscribers to Sir Tom’s largest fan website.
One outraged Jones fan called the 2007 Tredegar-filmed movie that stars, among others, Torchwood’s Eve Myles, Loose Women’s Denise Welch and Mighty Boosh comic Matt Berry, “a sick nightmare”.
Other fans were similarly outspoken because the risque storyline revolves around a black market trade in the 69-year-old’s dismembered private parts.
“Sorry, I looked at the trailer for this – trash!” fumed one American follower calling herself Carol M.
“I am offended by this so-called ‘Welsh humour’ and I am far from a ‘stuffy’ person. But this is surely c**p!”
Pam, posted a similar rant from the US, adding: “I wasn’t amused.
“Not sure what kind of humour this is, but definitely not my kind.
“What anyone would find so funny about this is beyond me.”
Tom devotees questioned if the whole thing had been approved by the star’s management and summed their thoughts up on the subject with one word: “Dumb!”
However, it wasn’t all dissent.
Some compare the comic tone to The Full Monty or a certain early Monty Python outing that courted its own fair share of notoriety.
“This reminds me of how people were offended by The Life of Brian, which wasn’t really about Christ but more a comedy about the attitudes of people around him,” mused mharding.
“I suppose this story is about greed and gullibility and the film makers just needed a famous, er, name to hang the narrative on.
“In any case, Tom’s always wanted a big part in a film.”
Peter Watkins-Hughes, writer and director of A Bit of Tom Jones?, said the film was meant to be just “shameless entertainment,” adding that the idea for it came about while thinking about what to get his wife for her birthday.
“I was running out of jewellery ideas, so I started thinking what I could get to surprise her,” said the 43-year-old from Brynmawr.
“Then I remembered the true story about the selling off of Napoleon Bonaparte’s private parts after his death and, suddenly, this entire concept came to me.”
But, he added, the original idea was to be set in 1960s Los Angeles and concerning the fate of Errol Flynn’s private parts.
“Then I realised, I didn’t have enough money for the airfare to LA – let alone the $15m budget needed to shoot it Stateside – so I brought the idea closer to home.
He added that the film was “a lowbrow comedy for lowbrow people, like me”.
Bernie Snowball, manager of Market Hall Cinema, Brynmawr, where the film will debut on November 13, before showing at venues such as Chapter in Cardiff, said he believes it could do very well.
“It’s great to finally have a commercial, audience-pleasing product from Wales,” he said.
“It’s a fun, daft, laugh-out-loud film that I think could do serious business at the box office.”
Source: Wales Online
See the trailer and showing venues at: http://www.abitoftomjonesthemovie.com