Robbie Williams has been in Melbourne recently, shooting live crowd footage for his upcoming biopic, Better Man – including a recreation of Robbie’s duet with Tom Jones at the 1998 Brit Awards.
Robbie was very chatty at the shoot, telling the crowd they were having to film with a local Tom Jones impersonator because getting the real thing was “too fucking expensive” – and that he couldn’t actually remember the original performance because he’d done three grams of coke and a bottle of sambucca that night.
It’s nice to see Robbie and director Michael Gracey finally getting to work together though. The pair first met a while back, when the then-unknown Gracey popped over to Robbie’s house to tell him all about this big new movie he was making: The Greatest Showman.
As Gracey talked, Robbie became increasingly excited, thinking this was all an overture to offering him the lead role and that Hollywood was calling him at last. A bubble that was swiftly burst when Gracey revealed the reason for his visit.
He was hoping Robbie might put in a good word with his mate Hugh Jackman, who had just been sent the script.