Exclusive: Pistol star on bringing tragic Sid Vicious story to life

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Pistol star Louis Partridge has opened up on taking on the role of tormented Sid Vicious in the Sex Pistols-inspired series.

Directed by Trainspotting's Danny Boyle, the FX on Hulu/Disney+ project will chronicle the rise of the iconic punk band, giving fans a glimpse of the broader UK punk movement.

Partridge will rock Vicious' spiky hairstyle, as well as channeling the controversial allure of the Sex Pistols' bassist. The musician died of a drug overdose in 1979.

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"It is helplessly tragic, it's completely awful, and all the more tragic when you realise how young they all were," Partridge exclusively told Digital Spy.

"But I felt the script handled it so well, that detail, especially with the end, sort of relieves a sense of blame off anyone. But it was slightly difficult delving into that side of it, but obviously it's such an important part of the story."

The Enola Holmes star explained fans need to see the innocent side to Sid to better understand his downward spiral following the band's split.

"I love that we start with the innocent Sid – that sort of new puppy being released into the world, just sort of wanting to grab everything and do everything," the actor said.

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"Then you sort of see him spiral and become old for his years and just take the complete wrong path, basically.

"I was happy to be able to play that first sort of young and dumb but very excited Sid as well, because I think that's the sort of context you need for the later Sid, to really give him any sort of humanity. I think they're both as important as each other."

Pistol will launch on Hulu on May 31, and the miniseries will be available on Disney+ in the UK.

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