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Amy Winehouse’s dad Mitch defends biographical photos after movie set sparks backlash


Amy Winehouse’s father Mitch Winehouse has come out in support of the controversial casting in the upcoming biopic ‘Back to Black’.

Starring Marisa Abela as the late seven-time Grammy winner, the biopic came under fire after fans pointed out that the actress bears no resemblance to the late singer.

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But the “Tears Dry On Their Own” creator’s father brushed off the criticism, saying the 26-year-old was “a great choice” to play his daughter, who died of alcohol poisoning aged 27 in 2011.

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“Marisa is a great choice for the role, even if she doesn’t look exactly like Amy,” he told TMZ after images from the film were released.

“It’s not a big deal if they’re not mirror images,” he added.


Marisa Abela and Eddie Marsan film the new Amy Winehouse inspired movie 'Back to Black' in Soho on January 16, 2023 in London, England.
Marisa Abela and Eddie Marsan film the new Amy Winehouse inspired movie ‘Back to Black’ on January 16, 2023 in London, England.
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Mitch went on to point out that actor Eddie Marsan – who plays him in the biopic – “doesn’t look like me either”.

A first photo from “Back to Black” released earlier this month shows Abela dressed in the late singer’s costumes. She also sports Amy’s signature locks, tattoos and winged eyeliner.

But it didn’t take long for critics to take to social media to slam the casting, with one person tweeting“They want us to believe she looks so much like Amy Winehouse and it doesn’t work.”

“Sam Taylor Johnson looks more like Amy Winehouse than the star.” wrote anotherreferring to the film’s director.


Winehouse and father.
Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning aged 27 in 2011.
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“She looks nothing like MY Amy. I hate those biopics that star people who look nothing like the person. Just make a documentary telling her the truth.” added a third reviewer.

Shot in London, the biopic — made with the full support of her surviving family — follows Winehouse’s rise to fame, as well as her tragic death.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” director Sam Taylor-Johnson — wife of James Bond star Aaron Taylor-Johnson — is directing, and “Nowhere Boy” collaborator Matt Greenhalgh is penning the script.

No release date has been set yet for the film on.