Richard Simmons shared a rare statement expressing his displeasure about an upcoming biopic featuring Pauly Shore.
On Wednesday, the 75-year-old fitness guru posted on Facebook, saying, “Hi Everybody! 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.”
Simmons clarified that he no longer has a manager or a publicist, aiming to lead a quiet and peaceful life. He thanked his fans for their love and support.
Pauly Shore plays Richard Simmons in the upcoming short film
Pauly Shore, 55, plays Richard Simmons in the upcoming short film “The Court Jester,” premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. The short is separate from the biopic produced by Warner Bros. subsidiary The Wolper Organization.
While Simmons didn’t give his blessing for the biopic, The Wolper Organization stated, “We respect his desire for privacy and plan to produce a movie that honors him, celebrates him, and tells a dramatic story.”
Despite Simmons’ non-approval, Shore expressed excitement about sharing the TV personality’s story with the world.
Pauly Shore expressed the importance of the biopic
Pauly Shore expressed the importance of the biopic, stating, “We all need this biopic now more than ever. Simmons represented mental health, getting people in shape, and being his authentic, silly self!”
Shore emphasized how Simmons, with his joyful and authentic persona, brought a sense of joy and a good time whenever he appeared on TV.
Simmons, who has been away from the public eye, faced a bizarre situation in 2017 when police investigated and dismissed a rumor claiming he was kidnapped by his housekeeper.
Simmons later sued tabloids for false claims about his gender transition, confirming in court documents that he hadn’t undergone a sex change.
In the summer, his former publicist shared a rare update, celebrating Simmons’ 75th birthday, stating, “I just want to see him happy, which he is.”
More about Pauly Shore
Pauly Shore is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker, widely recognized for his roles in 1990s comedy films. His career kicked off as a stand-up comedian at the age of 17, and in 1989, he became an MTV VJ.
This paved the way for his starring role in the 1992 comedy film “Encino Man,” which achieved moderate success. Shore continued with lead roles in films like “Son in Law” (1993) and “Bio-Dome” (1996).
Additionally, he lent his voice to the character Robert “Bobby” Zimuruski in “A Goofy Movie” and its direct-to-video sequel, “An Extremely Goofy Movie.”
Shore’s full name is Paul Montgomery Shore, born to comedian parents Sammy Shore (1927–2019) and Mitzi Shore (née Saidel; 1930–2018). His father, Sammy, was a comedian, and together with Mitzi and Rudy De Luca, they co-founded The Comedy Store.
Following their divorce, Mitzi owned and managed The Comedy Store as part of the divorce settlement from 1974 until her passing.
Shore was brought up in Beverly Hills, California, and follows the Jewish faith. He completed his education at Beverly Hills High School in 1986.
At the age of 17, Pauly Shore, inspired by his parents’ involvement in comedy and show business, took the stage for his first stand-up performance at the Alley Cat Bistro in Culver City.
While his classmates were busy with SAT applications, Shore decided college wasn’t for him. Sam Kinison became his mentor, and Shore even opened for several of Kinison’s sets.
During his time on the comedy club circuit, Shore developed a distinctive alter ego known as “The Weasel,” characterized by a surfer-style way of talking, filled with dudespeak slang like “edged,” “melons,” and “grinding,” along with his signature catchphrase, “Hey, BU-DDY.”
His breakthrough came as an MTV VJ, a role he held from 1989 to 1994. During the peak of his MTV career, Shore hosted his show, “Totally Pauly,” and was a host for MTV’s annual Spring Break parties. He also ventured into music, releasing a music video titled “Lisa, Lisa, the One I Adore.”
In 1992, Pauly Shore had a notable role in Encino Man, which turned out to be a moderate success. This led to Shore starring in more films, but unfortunately, they were increasingly less successful. These movies include Son in Law (1993), In the Army Now (1994), Jury Duty (1995), and Bio-Dome (1996).
In 1997, Shore took on the lead role in the TV show Pauly, which was canceled after airing just five episodes. He also appeared in the music video “N 2 Gether Now” by Limp Bizkit as a pizza deliveryman and had a brief appearance in “Break Stuff.”
Pauly Shore’s performances in films earned him recognition at the Golden Raspberry Awards, where he was awarded Worst New Star of the Year for Encino Man and Worst Actor of the Year for Bio-Dome.
He was also nominated for Worst New Star of the Decade for the 1990s and Worst Actor of the Century (although he lost to Sylvester Stallone).