What We Do Is Secret, a new biopic about the legendary, late-‘70s Los Angeles punk rock band the Germs, is coming to New York theaters in August, Billboard reports. (Reference point: You may remember Germs guitarist Pat Smear as the fourth member of Nirvana and an original member of the Foo Fighters.)
Shane West (ER) stars as the Germ’s iconic front man, Darby Crash, who at age 22 infamously died of an intentional heroin overdose one day before John Lennon was murdered on Dec. 8, 1980. Bijou Phillips portrays the band’s bass player, Lorna Doom. Mr. Smear, who is also the film’s music producer, taught Ms. Phillips and the other actors how to play their instruments so live recordings could be used in the movie.
As Mr. West explained last year in an on-set interview on set with Nylon TV, the “film has been an idea for about 10 years,” roughly the amount of time director and co-writer Rodger Grossman reportedly spent trying to win the approval of the late Darby Crash’s mother. (Real name: Jan Paul Beahm.) Mr. West also talked about how he hit it off with the surviving Germs members during filming, and ended up touring with them for a reunion of sorts two summers ago.
So how do the original band members, once gritty adolescent punks themselves, feel about being portrayed by pretty young things like Mr. West and Ms. Phillips? As Lorna Doom told Nylon, “It’s the most amazing experience you could ever imagine.”