Lifetime could have done worse with “The Brittany Murphy Story,” judging by the trailer for the made-for-TV movie airing this Saturday. The film follows the career, personal life and mysterious death of the “Clueless” actress, who passed away from a combination of pneumonia, anemia, and drugs at the age of 32. Her husband, the British screenwriter Simon Monjack, was found dead only five months later.
But in the days leading up to the screening, the movie itself is being overshadowed by the response on social media by Brittany Murphy’s father Angelo Bertolotti, who is none too pleased with the biopic. It would be fair to characterize his response as a meltdown, tweeting angrily at Lifetime and the actress Amanda Fuller who plays his daughter in the film for the past several days. (In a response to TheTVPage.com, Fuller responded, “If he really respected his daughter’s memory then I don’t know if he would be trying to make all this controversy about it. Let her rest in piece.” Those remarks appear to have made Bertoletti even more irate.)
Ashton Kutcher (Murphy’s ex-boyfriend) and Alicia Silverstone (her “Clueless” co-star) are both depicted in the movie — badly, in Silverstone’s case — but appear not to have weighed in yet.