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Iggy Pop ‘honored’ to share Stooges doc with DFT crowd

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

Iggy Pop greeted a sold-out crowd at the Detroit Film Theatre on Tuesday night during the marquee event of his Detroit homecoming: the local premiere of the Iggy and the Stooges documentary “Gimme Danger.”

Pop was on hand with director Jim Jarmusch, and the pair participated in a 40-minute discussion and Q&A session with fans following the film, which chronicles the Stooges’ long, grimy rise to rock and roll immortality.

It was Pop’s second big Detroit event of the week. On Sunday, he participated in a conversation with fellow Detroiter Don Was during a program at the Majestic Theatre. And following the conclusion of Tuesday’s DFT event, Pop was due to appear at Third Man Cass Corridor at a function to toast next month’s “Total Chaos: The Story of the Stooges” book release.

Pop, born James Osterberg, said the DFT crowd’s warm reaction to the film “was an honor for me.” “I enjoyed the bits where you laughed — it’s really specific to us here,” he said.

The screening was the third time Pop had seen the film, following an early private screening and a viewing this month at the New York Film Festival.

When asked how Jarmusch came to direct the film, “I asked him,” Pop said, matter of fact. “You should try it sometime.”

Pop and Jarmusch have known each other for more than two decades, and Pop had faith in Jarmusch to cut and complete the film on his own. He was shown the film before Jarmusch handed it in, but that was not a requirement on Pop’s behalf. “If he had said, ‘The film is done, I want you to sign the release,’ I would have done that,” Pop said. “I trust him.”

Prior to the start, Jarmusch took the stage with DFT’s Elliot Wilhelm to introduce the film. He was taken aback by the theater’s grandeur. “I don’t think they would have even allowed the Stooges in here,” he said, “let alone most of you lowlifes.”

He then welcomed Pop to the stage, who greeted the director by mock choking him. Jarmusch stressed that after taking the film to audiences in Cannes, France and New York, he was the most excited to show it to a Detroit audience.

The Q&A after the movie wrapped on a light note. When a man in the audience shouted at Iggy and asked him who he should vote for, Pop threw up his hands and shrugged his shoulders. “Vote for me!” he said.

“Gimme Danger” opens Friday at the DFT. Showtimes are 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday; 9:30 p.m. Nov. 4-5; and 4:30 p.m. Nov. 6.

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