I tried to come up with a witty title taken from a Stones song ("Don't Lie to Me?" "Just My Imagination?") but I really couldn't, because I was too flabbergasted by the fact that Mick. Jagger. Is. Making. A. Sitcom.
And here's the really amazing part: It sounds like it might actually be funny. The premise: Donal Logue, the lovable schlub from The Tao of Steve, is a resentful janitor who decides to take revenge on a greedy celebrity by robbing him blind, with some help from a ragtag band of criminal misfits. (May I helpfully suggest that the theme song be "Cops and Robbers?") Jagger apparently loved the idea. But I just don't feel like I can trust this news report. It certainly wouldn't be the first time a journalist was wrong about Sir Mick:
- It's often reported that Jagger majored in economics. Not true. He attended the famous London School of Economics, but he probably didn't calculate many cost-benefit ratios; he studied history and dropped out after two years.
- After the Altamont controversy, in which Hell's Angels beat a black fan to death at a Stones concert, tabloid journalists reported that Jagger had encouraged the violence by singing "Sympathy for the Devil" ("just call me Lucifer, 'cause I'm in need of some restraint") while it occurred. Way not true: Concert tapes show him trying to calm the audience down, and besides, the band was playing "Under My Thumb." The rumors were so pervasive that the Stones had to stop playing "Sympathy for the Devil" live for several years afterward.
- This one's my favorite: In 1967, a News of the World reporter told a lurid tale of hanging out in a London club with Jagger, who waxed poetic about taking drugs and invited the group back home "for a smoke." Drug use among rockers was still enough to shock people in those days, and the report made headlines. The only problem was, the reporter had the wrong Stone. He had spent his scandalous evening with Brian Jones, the band's then-guitarist.