It was the 1980s, and John DeLorean was livin’ large: a supermodel wife, two children, and a swanky New York City apartment he’d bought from pal Johnny Carson. DeLorean’s lifelong dream was coming true, too, as his passion project, a gulf winged sports car, was about to be released. It was a car that would become one of the most famous autos in pop culture history.
But by the time the DeLorean car co-starred alongside Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future, DeLorean’s dream had crashed. Underwhelming reviews of the car, mounting legal woes, and a drug bust that stressed his family to the breaking point ended DeLorean’s once bright future, and set him on a downward spiraling path.
This week on Pop Literacy, we talk with DeLorean expert and film producer Tamir Ardon about the fantastic new documentary/movie hybrid Framing John DeLorean. Ardon, who not only knew John DeLorean, but owns one of the famous cars, tells us about the challenges of making a Delorean movie – this one starring Alec Baldwin in the titular role – a biopic subject that many in Hollywood have been trying to tackle for years.