Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea lands role in new movie
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Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has landed a role in a new movie called Boy Erased. The movie is a coming-of-age and coming-out drama from writer/director Joel Edgerton, who is also an actor best known for his roles in Loving and Midnight Special. It tells the story of a 19-year-old man named Jared, the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents and must either attend a gay conversion therapy program or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith.
- Based on a true story, Boy Erased is adapted from Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, And Family by Garrard Conley, who serves as a consultant on the film.
- Flea's role in the film was not disclosed, but he joins a cast that includes Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe as Jared's parents and Lucas Hedges as Jared, along with Cherry Jones, Xavier Dolan, YouTube personality Troye Sivan and Edgerton.
- The movie will begin production this fall for a 2018 theatrical release.
- The Chili Peppers have been on the road behind their 11th studio effort, The Getaway, which came out in June 2016.
- Flea's real name is Michael Balzary.
- His first acting role came in 1983 when he appeared in the film Suburbia, billed as "Mike B. The Flea."
- His other movie roles include parts in My Own Private Idaho, Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, Inside Out, Douglas J. Needles in Back To The Future II and III, a German nihilist in The Big Lebowski, and more recently as Eddie No-Nose in Baby Driver.