Earlier this year, it was announced that Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson would be playing Joey Ramone in an upcoming Netflix biopic about the late Ramones legend. Speaking now with Billboard, Davidson reveals how he’s approaching the role.
“I’m about to start music lessons and voice lessons and all this other s***,” Davidson says, adding that the project is a “dream come true.” “Hopefully I do it justice and I hope I don’t let anybody down.”
Davidson will also co-write the film, which is based on and named after the book I Slept with Joey Ramone, written by Joey’s brother, Mickey Leigh.
“I’m definitely taking it very serious and I’m doing my research,” Davidson says. “Because Joey did a bit of everything and we’re following his life, so you’re going to see a bit of that.”
That research includes spending time with Leigh and “the whole Queens crew” from the brothers’ hometown neighborhood in New York City.
“It’s a lot, man,” Davidson says. “It’s gonna be really interesting and I’m excited.”
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