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John Fogerty is pissed that Proud Mary is about murder, not riverboats

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We have to admit that we’re at least a little excited to check out Taraji P. Henson’s upcoming action thriller Proud Mary; despite the not-especially-great sign of Sony skipping press screenings for the film, the idea of Henson gunning down a bunch of gangsters in a slickly edited action flick has an undeniable appeal.

There’s someone a little less than pleased about Henson getting her Pam Grier on, though, and it’s the guy whose song gave the film its title: Creedence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty. Per Variety, Forgerty wrote a long post about the film and its usage of his song’s legacy on Facebook today, noting that, “it irks me when people seek to capitalize on the popularity of my music and the good will it has earned with the public for their own financial gain.”


Fogerty seems especially upset at the film’s violent tone, and the way its tagline takes his song “about a mythical riverboat, cruising on a mythical river, in a mythical time,” and turns it into one about a woman “killing for the Man every night and day.” Fogerty’s message doesn’t say anything about legal action or anything, but it’s clear that he’s annoyed to be associated with all this gunplay (even if the film seems more inspired by Tina Turner’s rendition of the song than his own original take).


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