Debra Tate, the sister of the late actress Sharon Tate, expressed her support for the upcoming movie about her sister's life starring Kate Bosworth, after slamming a couple of related films for being classless.
Debra approves of the film because it tells the story of her sister outside of the tragic event that happened in her life. The movie, titled simply as Tate, has nothing to do with Sharon's death at the hands of the Manson Family.
The 65-year-old Debra approves of Bosworth taking on the titular role. Although she admits that no one is ever going to look like her sister, she draws comparisons with the women's qualities. She says the Blue Crush star is "very Sharon-like" because she is kind-hearted, generous, and gentle.
"Kate is going to capture Sharon's heart, feeling, and attitude," Debra tells People about the film from director Michael Polish, who is Bosworth's husband.
Tate still does not have a premiere date, although Debra, who serves as co-producer, believes that it will "take its natural course." She is also thrilled to have finally found filmmakers who are interested in her sister's life story rather than in her tragic murder.
"Other projects have been a real source of pain in their insensitivity and gross exploitation of my sister. I am proud to join this very accomplished team to bring the story of the profoundly unique woman known as Sharon Tate," she tells Deadline.
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Contrary to her support for Tate, Debra has spoken against two similar films that bank on her sister's death. She has vehemently expressed her displeasure at Quentin Tarantino's still-untitled upcoming project featuring veteran actors Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She also spoke up against The Haunting of Sharon Tate, starring Hillary Duff.
Debra said the films do not honor her sister's life. Instead, they celebrate the murderers behind Sharon's death.
"It's now morphed into something that is more fictionalized than truth at this point. To celebrate the killers and the darkest portion of society as being sexy or acceptable in any way, shape or form is just perpetuating the worst of our society," Debra explains.
The author of Sharon Tate: Recollection classified Duff's film as "classless" and the people behind it exploitative since they are in a rush to release a film in time for the 50th anniversary of the murder. She also called the actors and filmmakers "irresponsible" for not contacting her beforehand about the project, especially since she owns Sharon's licensing.
Sharon died at the age of 26 on August 9, 1969, while she was eight-and-a-half months pregnant with her son with filmmaker Roman Polanski. Members of Charles Manson's cult stabbed her 16 times.