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Talking to the AV Club in 1998 around the release of Velvet Goldmine, director Todd Haynes confirmed that Bowie had turned down a request to use some of his music in the film, which centered on a fictional Bowie-esque glam rock star named Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). Nevertheless, Haynes took the rejection in stride, even admitting that Bowie's rebuff may have actually helped the film in the long run: "I did want it to be able to be read as fiction. It's a parallel universe to the real history," he said at the time. "I think that would have been virtually impossible, at least around the Brian Slade character, if he were also singing Bowie songs."