October 2nd, 2012
01:55 PM ET
Director Bradley Rust Gray’s “Jack and Diane” isn’t exactly about the two American kids that John Mellencamp, then John Cougar, introduced us to in 1982.
In fact, Mellencamp said he isn’t thrilled by the title of the horror/romance flick, starring Juno Temple and Riley Keough as Diane and Jack, respectively.
“You don't hear my song in the film and I played no part in suggesting or offering this title,” he said in a statement. “It's most apparent that the lead characters were named with the hope that the familiar title might resonate in some people's minds. I guess that's OK to do, strictly from a legal perspective, but riding on someone else's coattails and having a moral compass is left up to each individual.”
“Jack and Diane,” the movie, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. The story follows two girls who fall in love one summer in New York City, one of which (Temple) begins to experience violent tendencies when it seems their love won’t last.
The film opens in limited release on November 2.
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