ELON Musk’s dad has appealed to the superstar Hollywood director who is working on a biopic about his tycoon son to sit down with him before portraying him as a villain.
Errol Musk, 77, exclusively told The U.S. Sun that he wants to meet with acclaimed moviemaker Darren Aronofsky.
The film will be based on the recently published authorized biography about him by writer Walter Isaacson.
Errol has spoken previously about his upset at how he was portrayed in the book.
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He also claimed that the bestselling author had only interviewed him over the phone rather than meeting with him face to face.
Sending a message to the Oscar-nominated movie director, Errol said: “Mr Aronofsky, if you’re going to portray me as a villain to the world please don’t make the same mistake as Walter Isaacson and come and sit down with me first.”
Independent studio A24 won in the bidding war to option Isaacson’s book following heated competition from other studios and filmmakers.
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Elon responded to the news by writing on his social media platform X, formerly Twitter: “Glad Darren is doing it. He is one of the best.”
But his South Africa-based dad is much less impressed.
He told The U.S. Sun: “This is worrying.
“Isaacson’s book is not accurate, not remotely.
“I need to convey this to Aronofsky.
“Isaacson took lies and innuendo and stated them as fact, particularly about my behavior but also about bullying and veld camps that never happened.
“I am still amazed by Isaacson’s naivety in believing what he was told without checking in South Africa among people here.
“This is serious, I’ve had enough of the BS.”
Isaacson describes Errol as a “rogue and charismatic fantasist” in his biography of Elon.
The writer also told how both Elon, 52, and his younger brother Kimbal, 51, see their estranged father as having a “Jekyll-and-Hyde nature.”
One particularly eye-popping anecdote at the very start of the book relates to Elon being sent to a wilderness survival camp – known in South Africa as “veldskool” – when he was 12.
Isaacson claims that Elon lost 10lbs and alleges that “every few years” one of the kids at the camp would die.
The Tesla CEO told Isaacson that counselors at the camp would say: “Don’t be stupid like that dumb f**k who died last year.”
Isaacson also claimed that the richest man was “regularly beaten by bullies” while growing up in South Africa.
Asked why he is more concerned about the upcoming biopic than about the book, Errol said: “The movie will be seen by thousands, maybe millions of average people.
“The book will be read by discerning intelligent adults who know better.
“The movie also opens up opportunities for very graphic scenes to create sensation. This will go on to streaming TV.
“It’s not rocket science and it will all be false.
“Many South Africans who knew us have asked me why I’ve allowed it so far.
“I say I’ve done videos and interviews where the facts are laid out.
“I also told Isaacson. He took no notice.
“As I wrote to Isaacson, if my parts are false how can anyone believe the rest?”
Isaacson – a former CEO of the Aspen Institute think tank – has been forced to admit a key suggestion made in the book was wrong.
An extract published in the Washington Post last week claimed that SpaceX boss Elon had “secretly” thwarted a Ukrainian drone attack on a Russian naval base in September 2022 by deactivating coverage of the company’s Starlink satellite internet service.
Musk disputed the story and tweeted that the Starlink regions in question “were not activated” in the first place and the firm “did not deactivate anything.”
Instead, there had been an “emergency request” from Ukrainian authorities to activate Starlink in Sevastopol, Crimea, where most of the Russian fleet was at anchor.
Musk said: “If I had agreed to their request, then SpaceX would be explicitly complicit in a major act of war and conflict escalation.”
Asked whether he had “screwed” the claim up, Isaacson admitted he had misunderstood the situation while shadowing Musk for the book.
He said: “Yeah. I made a mistake in thinking that when he said ‘We’re not enabling it,’ I thought that was a decision he made that night.”
He said that the “humiliation would be total” for Elon if he loses against Zuckerberg.
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Earlier this year, Errol told The U.S. Sun that his son is a “force for good” who believes that the internet would have been invented by the year 1900 if Napoleon Bonaparte hadn’t been defeated.
Also last year, The U.S. Sun revealed Errol’s claim that he had fathered a child with his stepdaughter Jana Bezuidenhout, and that he had been asked to donate sperm to impregnate high-class women in Colombia.