QUOTE (TheClincher @ 3rd Nov 2014, 06:51pm)
Anyone know if the planned film of his life ever came off? It was meant to star Robert Carlyle.
Afraid not, The Clincher. The film was effectively sunk by Scottish Screen, the then national film development agency, because it didn't portray the kind of image that they (a publicly-funded body controlled by yuppies) wished to project of Glasgow. All the grime, hardness and poverty of our city's history is not supposed to find its way onto the big screen! Best just to sweep it under the carpet and imagine that it never existed. The following is a quote from a related news article from the Scotsman in 2010:
Andrea Calderwood, then head of drama at BBC Scotland, explained how the pair [Carlyle and John Mackenzie, director of The Long Good Friday] planned to work again on [the late] Frank Deasy's script, Benny Lynch, about the Scottish world champion boxer who died of alcoholism: "It was a great script but we just couldn't raise the money to make it. Scottish Screen considered it a throwback to an image of Scotland they didn't wish to project. But it wasn't. It was a universal story. It was Raging Bull."