LOS ANGELES, Nov. 25 (UPI) — For five decades of music, David Bowie cultivated an enigmatic persona, employing gender fluidity and flamboyant performances. The new film, Stardust, starring Johnny Flynn as Bowie, focuses on a near disastrous tour Bowie embarked on in the United States in 1971.
“He really hasn’t figured himself out yet,” Flynn told UPI in a recent Zoom interview from his music studio in Hackney, East London. “It’s very far from the David that we know.”
In the film, Bowie’s publicist, Ron Oberman (Marc Maron), complains that the singer’s 1970 album, The Man Who Sold the World, only launched one hit single, the title track. With other singles bombing, Oberman struggled to book Bowie gigs and felt Bowie needed to prove himself a successful live performer to make up for lagging record sales.
Flynn said he read several biographies of Bowie, including Paul Morley’s The