Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was guest on recent SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” episode.
During his appearance, guitarist confirmed that he has been approached by the producers for the upcoming official documentary on his former band.
“They offered me a small fee to be involved with it, and I turned them down. I thought the fee was embarrassing, because I know how much money they’re gonna make on it. So, either share the wealth, or c’est la vie,” Ace said.
“So I decided not be involved. But they have plenty of old footage of me, and they’ll probably use that and get by. But it won’t be the same as if they get current footage. Unfortunately, I decided the money that they offered me wasn’t anywhere near what I felt I deserved, so I turned it down. The footage you’re gonna see of me in this documentary is only gonna be old footage.”
When asked if he would like to see a biopic made on KISS, and which actor he would like to see play him, Ace responded: “I’m not even thinking about a KISS movie; I’m thinking about an Ace Frehley movie, because I think I’m the most interesting member of the four founding members. And I have the best stories and the most interesting life.
“I grew up in the Bronx, poor, lower middle class, living in a one-bedroom apartment, and next thing you know, I’m in one of the biggest rock groups in the world,” he continued. “That’s a huge success story. I’ve already been pitching to eOne, my record label, who also has a division for movies — they put out films. And I was talking to the president of eOne, plus I was also talking to the president of [toy giant] Hasbro, because Hasbro just acquired eOne… They did all the Transformers movies. They made billions off those films. Hasbro has billions of dollars. So Hasbro has acquired eOne. And I did a Zoom call, and I told those guys, ‘Hey, we’ve gotta do an Ace Frehley movie. And let’s get [Martin] Scorsese to direct it, because he grew up in the Bronx, and he would get it better than any other director.’
“So, I planted the seed, and we’ll see what happens,” Ace added. “Maybe in a couple of years, the Ace Frehley story. I’m not concerned with the KISS story. Everybody knows the KISS story. How many documentaries have we done? [Laughs]”