Sam Asghari has high expectations for Netflix’s upcoming documentary on Britney Spears, his new fiancée, even though other recent movies have left “a bad taste” in his mouth.
The 27-year-old actor took to Instagram to express his distaste for previous Spears documentaries and his hopes for the new one from the streaming giant that opens Tuesday.
Asghari, who has a recurring role on the Showtime series “Black Monday,” is engaged to “Lucky.” singer, 39, earlier this month after dating for nearly five years.
“Apparently my opinion has risen in value in the last couple of days,” Asghari joked Friday on his Instagram story. “The past documents were bad after the taste of her. I hope this is respectful. I don’t blame CNN, BBC or Netflix (which led to the blackouts) for airing them because as an actor I also tell other people’s stories.
“I question the producers who made them ‘just to shed light’ without the subject’s involvement or approval. Any credit for shedding light should go to the “#FreeBritney movement.”
Netflix released the trailer for “Britney vs Spears” last week, teasing a sneak peek at the highly-anticipated top-secret project about the musician’s ongoing guardianship battle. It comes months after the February release of “Framing Britney Spears,” FX and Hulu’s deep dive into the rapid rise of the “…Baby One More Time” hitmaker and the toxic media circus that followed.
(On Friday, FX published “Controlling Britney Spears,” an unexpected sequel that takes a closer look at the circumstances of her conservatorship, which has long limited Spears’ personal, medical and financial autonomy.)
Directed by Erin Lee Carr, Netflix’s take on Spears’ legal troubles prefaces the upcoming hearing in her guardianship case, which could finally see her father removed as her guardian after 13 years.
“I’ve never been in such a game-changing story,” Carr recently told The Times. “It was a complete 24/7 job, and it was wild because the story was constantly changing. I found it incredibly overwhelming, but in a way, it was like the story was finally opening up…
“Being a documentary filmmaker following the story as it opened felt like a once in a lifetime opportunity, even though I had trouble sleeping.”
Shortly after “Framing Britney Spears” debuted on FX and Hulu, Spears said she was “embarrassed” and “cried for two weeks.” Carr told the Times that she hopes “Britney vs. Spears” will have a more positive effect. on the subject of her, who she refused to participate in the film
“[In making the film I] was trying to not be another person to trespass on her privacy again and again,” Carr said. “But she wants to get out of the conservatorship, so therefore we should know what is going on inside it.
“I specifically made the creative decision that we were not going to use the same imagery that she has said before is traumatizing. The incidents that happened in 2007 during one of the episodes at the hospital — you’re never going to see those.”
Another television special, “Toxic: Britney Spears’ Battle for Freedom,” aired Sunday on CNN, probably also scheduled for its next hearing, scheduled for Wednesday in Los Angeles.
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