The Iggy and the Stooges documentary, entitled Gimmie Danger, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this week, with both Iggy Pop and director Jim Jarmusch speaking of the film at a press conference after the screening.
At the press conference, Pop opened up about his past drug use, urging fellow substance abusers to “just drop that shit. For me, the best is a very good wine, but weed is OK for most people.” He then went on to state: “I was on acid in more than several clips in the movie when I was young. I would go from feeling very aggressive to breaking out in laughter.”
The film – named after a song from the record, Raw Power – is more of a love letter to the band rather than a documentary, according to director Jim Jarmusch: “[It’s a] love letter to possibly the greatest band in rock’n’roll history. [The film is] a little wild, messy, emotional, funny, primitive, and sophisticated in the most unrefined way.”
Gimmie Shelter unveils never-before-seen footage and photographs, and was also screened as part of Cannes’ Midnight Screening series, so that it wasn’t in competition with other films.