Tremaine readily admits he wasn't a Crüe "superfan," but he nonetheless spent the past nine years attempting to adapt The Dirt into a film for reasons that go beyond "Girls, Girls, Girls." "When I read the book, it was right when we were kind of on a rocket ride ourselves with Jackass," Tremaine says. "We were right in the middle of making the first Jackass movie... and by the time I finally got this gig in 2010, the rocket had sort of crashed. I just felt so connected to their story because it seemed so similar to ours in a lot of ways."
After nearly 10 years of starts and stops, The Dirt has finally dropped on Netflix. "It has had a few near-misses and heartbreaks, but it all worked out," Tremaine says. Yet while the director's focus has been largely on getting the story right, for fans of the Crüe, the music is, of course, just as important. From Vince Neil's high-pitched squeals to Tommy Lee's iconic drum stick twirls, The Dirt nails the band's sound and swagger. But how much of what we're seeing and hearing is actually performed by Colson Baker, a.k.a. Machine Gun Kelly (drummer Lee), Douglas Booth (bassist/chief songwriter Nikki Sixx), Iwan Rheon (guitarist Mick Mars), and Daniel Webber (singer Neil)?