Brittany Murphy’s father is speaking out about Lifetime’s upcoming biopic about the actress, and he’s not happy about it. In an interview with the Examiner, Angelo Bertolotti reportedly said, “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.”
Bertolotti went on to call Lifetime’s casting of Amanda Fuller “atrocious.” “Amanda Fuller, the girl playing Brittany, looks absolutely nothing like her,” he told the Examiner. “Everyone looks ridiculous in their bad wigs and the dialogue is nauseating. To suggest that I was never in Brittany’s life since the age of two is absolutely despicable. I was always a part of Brittany’s life and supported both her and her mother.”
He also criticized several of the plot points in the film. “Anyone who thinks that Sharon and Brittany could afford to move from New Jersey to California by selling Tupperware should have their heads examined,” he said. “The media loves to throw ‘mob ties’ into the equation, but that lifestyle is exactly what attracted [Murphy’s mother] Sharon in the first place. She worked in one of my clubs, until we got married. From that point on, she was well taken care of, along with Brittany and never had to work another day in her life.”
Bertolotti even took to Twitter to criticize the project.
— Angelo Bertolotti (@BrittMurphyDad) September 2, 2014
Fuller responded in an interview with the TV Page, saying, “When it comes to the dad, as far as I know—which is based off of extensive research—he wasn’t really a part of her life at all. He was in jail when she was young and then she tried to have a relationship with him to no avail. It wasn’t until she died that he became so vocal in caring so much about his daughter. I think that is kind of sick and I don’t really respect that. I know that a lot of her abandonment issues came from the relationship with her dad and that is probably why she sought love in places that she wasn’t going to get it. He can say what he wants.”
Fuller mentioned that Bertolotti had “attacked” her on Twitter and that she had blocked him.
She continued: “I don’t know what his intentions are but I don’t believe them to be good intentions. It’s complicated. And it is hard because I want to do nothing but respect her and her family. Normally I would be like ‘The family is against this, let’s not do it.’ But we didn’t know what was going to happen with it. So we were just making it independently and all of this kind of came out of the blue.”
The Brittany Murphy Story is set to air Saturday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.