Germs Biopic Will Bring Darby Crash to the Big Screen By Early '08

July 10, 2007 5:56 PM ET

The Germs only stuck around three years, but the punk band's influence on music and culture was epic. Now What We Do Is Secret, a biopic starring Shane West (yes the snot-nosed doctor from ER) as legendary frontman Darby Crash, may finally be released in late '07 or early '08.

West's portrayal of Crash, who committed suicide in 1980 at age 22, is so accurate the actor has joined the other Germs (including legendary guitarist/Kurt Cobain pal Pat Smear) as the frontman of the reunited band. He also got the same tattoo Crash had on his arm -- talk about commiting to a role.

Secret director Rodger Grossman, West, Germ Lorna Doom and actress Bijou Phillips (who portrays Doom in the film) shared a few stories from the set. Read on for our favorites:
• "I sprained my ankle doing the 'Manimal' performance, when I tripped off the amp and landed on the ground," says West. "I had to do the 'Shut Down' performance later in the film with the sprained ankle, with a cast wrapped up in my boot and plenty of cuts and scratches -- some real, some fake."
• "We rehearsed for a month and a half, two months, and then we went into the studio and recorded all the songs for the movie for two weeks," recalls Phillips. "At that point, I was playing bass all day long, every day. The calluses would come off in the shower. I'd be, like, chewing them off."
• "Now she's just like the real Lorna," says Doom. "I was stunned [when I saw her performance], because it's the most surreal experience that you can possibly have. I thought, 'I wish I looked that good back then.'"• "I was pretty much in character 100 percent of the time," West says. "Every day, when I drove to work, the Germs were always on the CD player over and over again. I woke up listening to [David Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars], which was one of Darby Crash's favorite albums. I breathed and slept it for two years."

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“You Oughta Know”

Alanis Morissette | 1995

This blunt, bitter breakup song -- famous for its line "Would she go down on you in a theater?" -- was long rumored to be about Alanis Morissette getting dumped by Full House actor Dave Coulier. But while she never confirmed it was about him (Coulier himself says it is, however), she insisted the song wasn't all about scorn. "By no means is this record just a sexual, angry record," she told Rolling Stone. "The song wasn't written for the sake of revenge. It was written for the sake of release. I'm actually a pretty rational, calm person."

More Song Stories entries »