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Richard Simmons Pushes Back on Pauly Shore Biopic

Richard Simmons Pushes Back on Pauly Shore Biopic

As news has been coming out about Pauly Shore doing a Richard Simmons biopic, the real Simmons would like a word. These days, Richard Simmons is hardly seen in public on television shows. He wants to live his life out of the limelight. Shore, though, is determined to do this film project.

Simmons headed over to Facebook and left this message for his fans and followers. “Hi Everybody!” Simmons wrote. “You may have heard they may be doing a movie about me with Pauly Shore. I have never given my permission for this movie. So don’t believe everything you read.”

He brought up additional details about his non-involvement in the flick. “I no longer have a manager, and I no longer have a publicist,” Simmons wrote. “I just try to live a quiet life and be peaceful. Thank you for all your love and support.”

Shore Talks About Work On ‘The Court Jester’

Shore portrays Simmons in a short film titled The Court Jester. This is not a feature film that could be made by a large studio. Shore recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about his work on The Court Jester. He said that he reached out to speak with Simmons but that never happened.

“His people responded and they said that he loves me and he loves my mom (the late Mitzi Shore) and the [Comedy] Store and all that stuff, but at this time he just wants to lay low and not really be involved. That was his response,” Shore said.

Shore, though, maintains that he is open to welcoming Simmons to be a part of the film project. It’s even his hope that Simmons will see some value in telling his story to the world.

“He has written a book and there’s a lot of stuff out there, so if we stay consistent to his story, once we start writing it, I think he’ll be all right,” Shore told the media outlet. “But my attitude is: If we build it, he’ll come. That’s my hope. My hope is that he sees that it looks good, it feels good, it’s right. And then he might just say, f— it at some point — ‘I’m down. I’ll help you guys, I’ll be part of it, and I’ll hold your hand.’ We’ll all hold each other’s hands and we’ll work together. Richard Simmons was a very, very, very special man, and he had a huge message. And I think that message now is even bigger than it was back then. I just do.”

Group Working On Feature Film Project

Right now, the Wolper Organization is working on a feature version of Shore’s short film. They released a statement, saying, “While we would love to have [Simmons] involved, we respect his desire for privacy and plan to produce a movie that honors him, celebrates him, and tells a dramatic story. We know he is deeply private and we would never want to invade that, however, he is an amazing person, that changed millions of people’s lives and the effect he has had on the world needs to be recognized.”

At the Sundance Film Festival, The Court Jester will premiere this Friday. Then later on Friday, it will be available for viewing on YouTube.

Simmons provided health and exercise tips on his television shows. He also made appearances on talk shows, including Late Night with David Letterman. Simmons’ exercise shows would sometimes be mocked by comedians, focusing on Simmons himself. Yet he was very successful when he was a public person.