The papier mache headed comedian and musician died a number of years ago and elements of his life are said to have inspired a movie that's due to be released in May.
I have seen the trailer of Frank.
That is not Frank.
Apparently, Chris Sievey - the man under the mask - gave his blessing to the project before he passed away. So - I guess I have to be okay with it, right?
The 'Frank' in this movie is American. Played by Michael Fassbender, if that's worth anything. It is also set in America.
It's a long way away from Timperly, the town that Frank Sidebottom put on the map.
I think the only inspiration this film garnered from Mr. Sidebottom is that the main character plays music and wears a papier mache head.
Oh, and his name is also Frank.
As funny as this may sound to fellow Frank Sidebottom fans, I am afraid that this vehicle will make Sidebottom's life work nothing more than fiction. New audiences will only learn of Frank via this move. And that's a damn shame.
With that said, I'm going to watch it. I really am.