Daniel Johnston on <i>The Devil and Daniel Johnston</i>: "It Wasn't Really Fair"

BY Josiah HughesPublished Apr 5, 2010

Despite whatever great efforts the filmmakers may make, the planned Daniel Johnston biopic will most likely pale in comparison to the 2006 documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston. The film took a haunting, heart-wrenching look at the trials and tribulations of the cult singer-songwriter, documenting his tumultuous upbringing and struggles with substance abuse and schizophrenia.

Up until now, Johnston hasn't said much about the film, despite its highly personal subject matter. In a recent interview with BBC 6 Music, however, Johnston finally gave his two cents about the documentary.

"It wasn't really fair because it really talked about the worst experiences of my life," Johnston said. "I wish they had included more music instead of making it one of those Stranger Than Fiction shows."

Rather than sit around criticizing other people's films, however, Johnston revealed that he'd like to try his hand at some screen work of his own.

"I'd like to direct my own movies. I'm working on a film of my own and I want to direct it all myself," he said. "[I'm planning] a variety show, with songs, videos and comedy skits all together."

In other Johnston news, he recently released his new album, Beam Me Up!, which was recorded with the 11-piece Dutch orchestra BEAM.

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