Bob Dylan reportedly provided James Mangold with notes on his script for the upcoming movie ‘A Complete Unknown’. The music legend is supporting the film, in which Timothée Chalamet portrays the musician. The director personally met with Dylan on several occasions for the project.
During an interview on the ‘Happy Sad Confused’ podcast, Mangold shared, “I have spent numerous wonderfully charming days in his company, speaking to him privately. I have a script that he personally annotated, which holds great importance to me.”
Mangold added, “He loves movies. When I initially sat down with Bob, one of the first things he said was, ‘I love ‘Cop Land’.'” The project features Chalamet, Elle Fanning, and Benedict Cumberbatch, and it is a narrated film that depicts Dylan’s disruption of the folk music world when he performed with an electric guitar at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. However, Mangold clarified that it is not strictly a biopic.
“The ‘Indiana Jones and the Wheel of Destiny’ filmmaker explained, “By the way, this isn’t really a Bob Dylan biopic. Bob was supportive of the production because it is about that specific moment. I believe the best real-life movies are not comprehensive life stories but rather focus on significant moments in a person’s life.” James also highlighted the enduring relevance of Dylan’s transition to electric music, even after almost 60 years.