Jesse Capps of RockConfidential.com recently conducted an interview with Ozzy Osbourne‘s son, Jack Osbourne, about “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne”, the feature-length documentary about the life of the legendary heavy metal singer that Jack co-produced. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
RockConfidential.com: I would be nervous and maybe even a little hesitant about how to take on a project like this. Did you approach this as Jack “the son” or Jack “the filmmaker?”
Jack: I think it was a healthy combination of the two. I had to wear both hats with this. I had to approach it as me telling a story about my father but it’s also me telling a story about Ozzy Osbourne. Standing in the middle of the road was the toughest thing for me.
RockConfidential.com: As with any conversation about family there’s going to be some stories you may not want to tell everything you know. Did anything ever come up that you knew you’d touch on but maybe didn’t elaborate on as much?
Jack: There were some things that weren’t personal to me but they were for my dad. He essentially only told us what we wanted to know. That’s what we got. He never looked at us and said, “I’m not going to talk about that.” If he didn’t want us to know about it, he wouldn’t have told us. He pretty much answered every question we fired at him. The toughest part — and not saying he was ever lying — was getting a more honest answer. If you think about it, he’s probably been asked every question you can imagine over the past 40 years. He always had these “go-to” answers for everything. It was getting beyond those that took Mike Piscitelli, the director, a long time.
RockConfidential.com: There have been a few Ozzy documentaries and films over the years. Did any of them strike you as being way off the mark?
Jack: I don’t think they missed the mark on telling the story of Ozzy. They told the beginning, middle and where he is now. They don’t tell the story of John. This film isn’t as much about Ozzy Osbourne as it is about John. That’s his real name and it was all about getting through the B.S. to get to the core.
RockConfidential.com: I’m sure you realized there may be some things pop up that you didn’t know about. Did anything come up that surprised you?
Jack: There was nothing uncomfortable I didn’t know about. Like I mentioned earlier, I wore two hats with this project. If anything uncomfortable came up, I just approached it in producer mode and didn’t let it affect me in a personal manner. There really wasn’t anything too Earth-shattering.
RockConfidential.com: Tell me about the first time you dad saw “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne”.
Jack It was at the Tribeca Film Festival. He sat next to me in the movie theater. I was looking over every now and then and he’d get emotional at times and was laughing at others. It must have been a pretty wild ride for him — especially to sit there and have Paul McCartney talking about him on a big screen! To him, that’s one of his more crowning achievements.
RockConfidential.com: What about you? What was it like watching the finished project with your dad?
Jack: I was a little nervous but I was excited. For so long he made fun of me saying, “When’s this movie gonna be made? What’s your deal?” He was always riding me about it. He called it the “Chinese Democracy” of documentaries!
RockConfidential.com: Jack, I’ve got to throw this in here or I’ll have thousands of metalheads ready to kick my ass. Is there going to be a BLACK SABBATH reunion?
Jack: (laughs) Everyone is asking me what’s going on! Honestly, I don’t know. One minute it’s a possibility and the next minute it’s nothing. Last time I spoke with my dad, he was at the house in England and there was no mention of any SABBATH-ness. (laughs) Things can change.
RockConfidential.com: Sorry you had to hear that question again, but I had to ask man. (laughs)
Jack: No, no. It’s fine. I’m excited that people are ready for this. I think it’s good that all four of them can see the Internet chatter about the excitement. That may be a bit of good inspiration for them.
RockConfidential.com: The fans are out in full force…
Jack: You got that right. I read online that someone said since Ozzy didn’t show up at the premiere that he must be in some dark castle somewhere recording doomy tracks. (laughs)
Read the entire interview at RockConfidential.com.