If there's one thing Lifetime likes to do, it's unauthorized biopics about deceased celebrities. And who better to portray than the gorgeous Brittany Murphy, whose life was tragically cut short in 2009 from pneumonia?
The 32-year-old actress' father Angelo Bertolotti has taken to Twitter to slam the project, calling it "completely untrue." He's even personally insulted Amanda Fuller, the actress portraying his late daughter in The Brittany Murphy Story.
Bertolotti has long questioned the cause of his daughter's death, claiming that independent testing he had done on her hair follicles proved that she had been poisoned. Experts slammed that assessment, but it's still kind of weird how her husband Simon Monjack died just five months after her -- also from pneumonia.
Anyway, there will probably always be questions about how something so curable these days could kill an otherwise healthy husband and wife within months, so of course here comes a Lifetime biopic to speculate on what happened.
The Brittany Murphy Story is set to premiere September 6, but the commercials leading up to it show a Brittany that Bertolotti claims doesn't represent his daughter at all.
Earlier this week, the enraged father tweeted, "My daughter #brittanymurphy would be horrified to know who they chose to play her and how cheap it all is ... #brittanymurphy would have been MORTIFIED if she knew what a mockery they made of her life and her gorgeous looks and talent. #Unauthorized."
The film reportedly shows Murphy "having meltdowns, taking pills, and leaving a hospital in a wheelchair," all of which her dad says is completely fabricated.
"@lifetimetv UGH. Embarrassed just watching this. Cringing for #brittanymurphy," he added. "@lifetimetv This is not what happened at all. Not even close."
As for Fuller, Bertolotti tweeted directly to her to say, "@amandafuller27 took it upon herself to trash me and my parenting in an interview after one tweet to her last week."
Whoa. Them's fightin' words, dude. Especially from someone who was estranged from his daughter at the time of her death. Hmmm...
Bertolotti took it a step further than Twitter in an interview with Examiner.com:
I am disgusted and outraged that Lifetime decided to produce such a trashy project, defiling the memory of my beautiful, talented daughter, Brittany Murphy ... frankly, I am amazed at their audacity of calling it 'a true story' without conducting any research or consulting with any members of the family. The Brittany Murphy Story is an affront to everything my daughter was in real life. It's hideous, unauthorized, and completely untrue.
We may never know the full truth of whatever complications caused Murphy's death, but it's obvious that her dad is determined to protect his daughter's memory.
Do you think Brittany Murphy's dad has a right to be outraged over this project?
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