Jack Osbourne Says His Father Got Emotional Watching 'God Bless Ozzy Osbourne' Documentary
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Tonight audiences across the country will get an unrivaled look into the mind of Ozzy Osbourne in the new documentary, 'God Bless Ozzy Osbourne,' an exclusive in-theater Fathom event that will be broadcast to more than 400 movie theaters. Shot over the course of three years, audiences will experience the life story of Ozzy, as seen through the eyes of his youngest child, producer/filmmaker, Jack Osbourne, who worked alongside directors Mike Fleiss and Mike Piscitelli.
Noisecreep sat down with Jack to chat about the film and his family's impression of it.
What inspired you to co-produce this project?
The fact that my dad had been sober for quite awhile and is now a completely different person from people saw in 'The Osbournes' TV show. So frustration inspired it to a degree. I would do interviews and people had perceptions of my dad, and it was annoying ,me. I wanted to set the record straight. Especially For people that are not music fans, like Susie Housewife in the Midwest, who probably has a very set perception of who my dad is.
What did Ozzy think about the final product?
My dad doesn't get phased by many things. I think he appreciated it though. I think there were things in it that he found hard to watch at times, when he got very emotional. Other things he really enjoyed, especially Paul McCartney on there commenting on my dad- he found that very surreal because he's such a fan of Paul's.
Did he let the director really get inside his world?
Mike Piscitelli was attached to my dad's hip for a long time. And it took a good few months before dad started opening up to Mike. But when he did, he really let things out.
Is there a special side of Ozzy do you want the audience to appreciate after watching the film?
Just where he is in life right now. He's done so much and battled so many things, he's a survivor. So his current state is something that means a lot to me and my whole family.
Speaking of which, how did the family like the film?
Everyone thinks it's great. I doubt they'd come out and bash it, but still, they seemed to genuinely like it. My older sister Amy, as she always has been, was a little reluctant to sit down and talk. Which is fine, she's a very private woman. The thing I was really mindful of was collateral damage - if wasn't pertaining to my dad and if it might be hurtful to my family, we didn't put it in.
Was anything about Ozzy filmed that you second guessed later or had any regrets about?
No, all of it, from all the people we talked to, made sense to shoot. Whether it made it into the final cut became a matter of how much we could fit.
Were there any big revelations that you, as a son, learned about your dad?
Not really. I know so much as it is. My dad has never really hidden much from me. It was more about the details that I learned, the little things, that tied stories together. Those were fascinating.
Was it interesting to document his early years?
I'm a massive Sabbath fan, so sure. And there's lots of Sabbath in the film. You have to to. We found great archive photos from even earlier than Sabbath, from the Earth period, some really cool stuff. But I enjoy every era of his career - there's something in every era that's amazing. After getting fired from Sabbath everyone assumed he'd disappear. But he came back with a reinvented style and sound and helped pioneer what had become metal at that time. Then there's the "Liber-Ozzy" phase as we call the glitter and glam phase with all the big hair and sequined outfits and all. And then he comes back in the '90s, just continued to evolve. I think what he's done in terms of being able to maintain his cultural relevance is something that not many artists have been able to do.
Is there any piece of advice he's given you, as a dad, that really stands out?
There's a lot. He's always been one to give nuggets of wisdom, and it doesn't matter what state he's been in. He's always been there with that. But probably, specifically, I'd say when he says, go with your gut. He's always telling me, if it doesn't feel right, if you don't want to do it, if your heart's not in it, then what's the point?
Tickets for 'God Bless Ozzy Osbourne' are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com