Johnny Rotten was apparently the first choice to play the lead role of Jimmy in the 1979 movie Quadrophenia.
Phil Daniels, the actor who eventually landed the part, told XFM:
“I did a film called Zulu Dawn and in Bob Hoskins’ mud hut there was a telephone. I got a call for an audition and came back to London from Africa.
“There were three of us that did a screen test and I got the part in the end. I know Johnny Rotten was one of them. He could have been Jimmy in Quadrophenia. I think they maybe couldn’t insure him. That was one of the stories.
“It would have been a bit of a different film (if he’d got the part).”