We caught a screening of The Runaways last night, and the big surprise—other than Kristen Stewart’s extensive collection of leather pants—was the band’s manager, Kim Fowley, played by an unusually manic Michael Shannon. He’s quite possibly the perfect rock ‘n’ roll guru: cartoonish, relentlessly cynical and, in his way, a true believer. (Trying to drum up on-stage aggression, he drops this gem: “Imagine your sister just fucked your boyfriend in your parents’ bed.”) It’s an act later perfected by no less than Malcolm McLaren, so it’s nice to finally see it on-screen. Naturally, an outlandish wardrobe is part of the bargain. Just don’t trust him with your royalty checks.
- — Russell Brandom