Last week The Unauthorized Full House Story finally aired on Lifetime, much to the chagrin of its stars. If you haven't heard already, the original cast of the series had their fair share of complaints when it came to how their story was told.
While I don't think anyone is holding Lifetime as the one to be a real, honest source of information, those involved still weren't going to give the project their stamp of approval. Here's what some of the cast members had to say:
Even the show's director weighed in on the show saying:
As some of you may know, this isn't the first time Lifetime has made the people behind the true versions of their unauthorized tales have something negative to say about it.
The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story
In 2009, Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on Saved by the Bell wrote a book titled Behind The Bell, which allegedly tells stories of what when on during the filming of Saved By the Bell. This year, Diamond's "tell-all" was turned into a Lifetime movie and, as you can imagine, a lot of the cast wasn't too happy about it.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar made it clear that he had no involvement with the Lifetime movie and spoke out against Diamond's allegations in his book. He told Huffington Post:
It is negative. That I must say. Everything I've heard about his book is that it is negative, and I don't remember those things because my experience on the show was very positive
Dennis Haskins who played Mr. Belding on the show was a little more lenient on Diamond's take of his time on set. Still Haskins believes his work with Lifetime was likely a means to earn some extra cash, rather than tell their real story. He told Huffington Post in an interview:
Clearly, it’s about money. The movie made some money, I guess. A lot of people still love Saved By The Bell. That’s the message that I get… It’s hard to say, Marc, you want to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, but how many times do you do that?
The Brittany Murphy Story
In an interview with The Examiner, Brittany Murphy's father, Angelo Bertolotti, was rightfully insulted by how his daughter's memory was treated in the movie. He told them:
I am disgusted and outraged that Lifetime decided to produce such a trashy project, defiling the memory of my beautiful, talented daughter, Brittany Murphy. Frankly, I am amazed at their audacity of calling it ‘a true story,’ without conducting any research or consulting with any members of the family.
He went on to tweet the following:
#brittanymurphy would have been MORTIFIED if she knew what a mockery they made of her life and her gorgeous looks and talent. #Unauthorized
— Angelo Bertolotti (@BrittMurphyDad) September 2, 2014
Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B
The family of the late Aaliyah weren't too fond of their daughter's portrayal on their unauthorized TV movie. Like Brittany Murphy's father, they were not involved in the filming or consulted at all. Her cousin and the president of Blackground Records, Jomo Hankerson, told The Wrap:
If this were 50 years from now and nobody was here, then OK, you can just use research, but people are here. So why not have conversations with the people, because they’re here, especially when you’re saying the word biopic and you’re telling her story… I helped create the story. I was there for the story. Me and my dad weren’t just bystanders, we put out every record she ever recorded. It’s strange to not have that conversation with us.
Hankerson made it clear that they didn't have a problem with any of the actors, but more so the way that it was carried out. Instead of talking to Aaliyah's family about her personal and professional life, Lifetime chose the book ... as the source material for the movie. Which, understandably, didn't sit well with those who actually knew her:
It needs to be a project that’s way more painstakingly done. To have all of this other source material and limit yourself to a book, to put it on the small screen … it’s not the right treatment for her legacy
Just as The Unauthorized Full House Story wasn't the first time the world would be subject to a Lifetime-ified version of a story, it certainly won't be the last. Playing on the nostalgia of its audiences, the next two shows set to have their unauthorized story told will be Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place.
The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story will be released on October 3 and The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story will air the next week on October 10.