BBC TV Blog: Boy George: What I thought of Worried About The Boy
Fiona Wickham | 15:31 UK time, Thursday, 13 May 2010
Worried About The Boy is a new one off drama about Boy George’s late
teenage years. The story begins before he was famous, and tells the
story of him leaving home in the suburbs and becoming a leading figure
on the New Romantic club and fashion scene. It leads all the way up to
him starting Culture Club and falling in love with Jon Moss.
Boy George spoke to me about how he felt about having a programme made
about his personal life – and what he thought of the actors, the
costumes and the make up.
What did you think of the drama?
I watched it on my own to start with. I don’t know what I was expecting
it to be and I thought I might horrified but it really made me laugh.
I’m not particularly precious about the past anyway so I was never going
to lose any sleep over it. But it’s beautifully filmed and Douglas Booth
is amazing. Somehow he has the stink of me! He just gets it. There’s
something about him that reminds me of me when I was 17.
There’s a few bits of artistic licence. For example, my dad was a
Wasn’t he Irish?
He was Irish, but he never spoke in an Irish accent so that was quite
amusing to see that. But what’s great about this is it’s captured a
really important part of history and that’s great. I think it looks
brilliant. Steve Strange looks like Caligula – he seems to come off the
worst (laughing) but I was chuffed with it actually.
I liked the relationship between me and Marilyn, I thought that was
I agree, that was funny and a lot of the scriptwriting made me laugh.
My favourite line is where I’m with the guy in the phone box and he says
I’m not really gay and I say, I’m not really a nun. I don’t know if I
ever did say that but I hope I did! It’s quite bitchy.
I mean, here and there, there’s a lot of bitching when nobody bitches
that way all the time. There’s a lot of one liners.
But generally it has a great heart and the styling of it! They’ve really
got the clothing right and there are characters who are based on people
who were around at that time and they’ve really got their looks
And Douglas’ make up is just beyond… I laughed my head off! I was like
“Oh my God!” – they’ve done it really well.
And he’s quite beautiful too.
Oh yes, stunning! Absolutely stunning! I think not many people can pull
off those kind of looks. They’re quite individual – not many people can
wear a yellow face and make it look pretty.