No one has a more extraordinary story than English pop star James Blunt.
The soldier-turned-singer-songwriter and Twitter legend is one of the most talked-about and controversial pop stars of his generation.
And now the 49-year-old is releasing his new hilarious feature documentary, offering a real insight into the pop star with all available footage.
Filmed in 2022 on the road on what James calls his “Greatest Hit Tour,” director Chris Atkins captures the star as he travels through Europe.
A mixture of Spinal Tap and Alan Partridge, the film shows “You’re Beautiful” shouting anti-vaccination activists in New Zealand, an encounter with an overzealous fan and many unpleasant interviews.
Pop star insight: James Blunt is set to release a WILD documentary full of singing anti-vaxxers, a bumbling, overzealous fan and why England’s most extraordinary pop star is actually a ‘narcissistic psychopath’.
Hilarious: The film shows a crowd of anti-vaxx protesters singing James’ 2005 hit “You’re Beautiful” while dancing together in the rain
The film also hears from his long-suffering crew who have been on the road with him for nearly twenty years, including his wonderfully grumpy tour manager, who describes James as a “narcissistic psychopath.”
In the sneak peak clips released, James’ bizarre humor and dry wit come to the fore as he ventures out.
Speaking about the film, James revealed: “I was hoping I would come across as the English equivalent of Tom Cruise. ‘It didn’t really turn out that way.’
In a hilarious clip, BBC news anchors cover an anti-vaccination protest in New Zealand where authorities try to exploit the “Barry Manilow effect” by playing the singer’s hits to scare off protesters.
When the Cococabana hitmaker fails to fend off the protesters, James himself tweets the New Zealand police and suggests: “Call me if that doesn’t work.”
What emerges is the crowd of protesters singing James’ 2005 hit “You’re Beautiful” while dancing together in the rain.
When James sees the footage, he exclaims, “They were dancing and singing along.” The truth is…they loved it.
“You’re really fucked up, aren’t you?!” You’re anti-vaxxer and pro-Blunt.’
‘You’re anti-vaxxer and pro-Blunt’: When Barry Manilow failed to fend off the protesters, James himself tweeted at the New Zealand police, suggesting: “Call me if that doesn’t work.”
“He’s not normal”: In a satirical interview with his tour manager Robert Hayden, he describes James as a typical rock star, a “narcissistic psychopath,” before adding, “That’s why they’re successful.”
Embarrassing: James is approached by an overzealous fan while on tour in the Isle of Man
“You look better in real life than on TV”: The two have an incredibly awkward interaction when she pays the singer a somewhat understated compliment
James became one of the most discussed “rise and fall and rise stories” of its time and dThe film delves into James’ unique backstory and looks at the star’s time in the military.
The singer served in NATO peacekeepers during the 1999 Kosovo Civil War and the film features incredible, previously unseen footage of the conflict, filmed by James on a home video camera.
The film then documents James’ unlikely rise to superstardom in 2005 with the best-selling album of the noughties – and how this quickly led to a fierce media reaction.
For the first time ever, the singer opens up about his feelings about being called the “most hated man in pop” and the target of numerous “kiss-and-tell” stories in the tabloids.
In a satirical interview with his tour manager Robert Hayden, he describes James as a typical rock star, a “narcissistic psychopath,” before adding, “That’s why they’re successful.”
“If you read the book Psychopath Test, some of them become serial killers, some of them become pop stars.”
When asked if he reads his own reviews, James replies: “Um, I write most of them myself and post my own reviews online under pseudonyms, because how else am I going to get a good review?”
The star is loved by his followers and is approached by an overzealous fan on the Isle of Man.
As the fan approaches her, she is visibly overwhelmed as she exclaims, “My goodness, I can’t believe it.”
Military career: The singer served in NATO peacekeepers during the 1999 Kosovo Civil War and the film features incredible, previously unseen footage of the conflict, filmed by James on a home video camera
Record Wall: James showcases his impressive collection of millions of records sold
Embarrassing: In a series of awkward press interviews, James explains that he can’t sing for them live because he’s “saving his voice” for his show
National Treasure: The Film will premiere in UK cinemas on Wednesday December 6th for one night only
Then things get a little awkward when James asks if she’s coming to the show that night and she admits she’s not.
After an awkward hug, the woman pays the star a somewhat backhanded compliment, telling the singer: “You look better in real life than you do on TV.”
“You’re so cute,” Blunt replied.
Featuring the hilarious and touching testimonies of his wife Sofia, his loving parents and self-confessed Blunt superfan Ed Sheeran, this is an intimate and insightful portrait of James Blunt in his very own words.
In a series of awkward press interviews, James explains that he cannot sing for them live as he is “saving his voice for his show”.
Each host then serenades Blunt as he questions his own lyrics.
As the host sings, “My love is pure,” James asks, “What does that mean?”
While singing the line “I saw an angel,” James points to himself and exclaims “Me?”
In a recent interview with The sunJames insisted that his wife was responsible for his busy lifestyle.
The singer splits his time between London and Ibiza and explained that while people always ask him when he’s going to settle down, he’s just trying to keep up with his wife Sofia Wellesley.
“And I’m lucky enough to have met someone who was working at a faster pace than me, and instead of settling, I had to speed up.”
“I wish I could say I was still in the clubs in Ibiza all the time.
“But maybe that’s why I put a nightclub at the end of my garden, to make the 30 meter walk back to my bed easier.”
The couple have been married since 2014 and in 2018 they saved their local Chelsea pub, The Fox and Pheasant, from closure.
The star joked that the licensing agreement stipulated that no music by James Blunt could be played.
The film will premiere in UK cinemas on Wednesday December 6th for one night only.
Happy couple: The singer splits his time between London and Ibiza and explained that while people always ask him when he’s going to settle down, he’s just trying to keep up with his wife Sofia Wellesley