Pauly Shore Says He Will Star as Richard Simmons in New Biopic 'Whether He Likes It or Not'

Simmons previously shared his disapproval of the Warner Bros. feature-length film set to star Shore saying, "The Pauly Shore biopic does not have my blessing"

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Pauly Shore is determined to play Richard Simmons.

The Encino Man actor, 56, once again addressed the ongoing controversy over a planned biopic on the popular fitness guru’s life during his Netflix Is a Joke show at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles on Friday, May 3.

“I’m also gonna be starring in the Richard Simmons biopic … whether he likes it or not, Richard,” Shore said at the event, per Variety. “Just another f------ bump in my f------ road.”

Shore's latest comments come after Simmons, 75, blasted the Warner Bros. feature-length film in a post on X on April 24. At the time, he told fans that he “just read a man that I don’t know is writing” the biopic starring Shore and reiterated his disapproval of the project.

“I do not approve this movie. I am in talks with major studios to create my own bio pic with some help,” he said. “Wait for this movie.”

<p>Amy Sussman/Getty</p> Pauly Shore attends the Los Angeles premiere of Netflix's "UNFROSTED" at The Egyptian Theatre Hollywood on April 30, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.

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Pauly Shore attends the Los Angeles premiere of Netflix's "UNFROSTED" at The Egyptian Theatre Hollywood on April 30, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.

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The upcoming project was first announced in January, just as Shore’s short film The Court Jester, in which he plays Simmons, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.

After the event, Simmons confirmed on Facebook that he had “never given my permission for this movie.”

"The Pauly Shore biopic does not have my blessing. Some major studios are interested with me being involved in MY story. Who should play me? Tom Cruise lol," Simmons, speaking through his publicist Tom Estey, later said in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE last month.

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In response to his comments, Shore shared a screenshot of Simmons’ Facebook statement and said that he was “up all night crying” about it. “Richard, how do you not approve of this movie? I mean, really, who’s better to play you in a movie than ME?" he added.

The How It Ends star went on to say that Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt were not likely to play Simmons, joking, “Everyone already thinks I’m you. We’re the same. Beautiful, inside and out.”

Related: Richard Simmons Shares Uplifting Message as He Reflects on Being ‘Made Fun’ of: ‘I Am Glad to Be Me!’

He also extended an invitation to Simmons to hear his and writer Jordan Allen-Dutton’s pitch for the biopic, and offered to bring “some warm matzo ball soup and a pastrami sandwich with dark mustard from Canters” to his house.

“I know you, Richard. We used to hang out back in the day,” the comedian wrote. “I’d always see you at The Comedy Store. You’re my old buddy. Richard, you’re going to love our movie. We’re going to make the most beautiful cinematic masterpiece that’s going to honor you in a way that you’ll drop to your knees and cry with joy and happiness.”

In September 2023, Shore told PEOPLE he believes a film about Simmons is the "biopic that America needs."

"He helped so many people," he said at the time. "If you read people talking about him, they'd always be like, 'I was 400 pounds and Richard Simmons saved my life!' He was all about positivity and helping people. And there's so much angst and divisiveness in the world, so I think a dose of that positivity is what people need."

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