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i was bono’s doppelganger

I WAS BONO'S DOPPELGÄNGER is an Irish music-based comedy from the writers of The Commitments. Based on Neil McCormick's autobiography it tells of him and his brother's disastrous attempts to become global rock stars. Failing spectacularly they can only watch while old school friends U2 become the biggest band in the world.

director writers

Nick Hamm Dick Clement | Ian La Frenais

producers exec. producer cast


with additional material by Simon Maxwell and Tony Roche adapted from the autobiography I Was Bono’s Doppelgänger by Neil McCormick Piers Tempest, Mark Huffam, Ian Flooks James Flynn Charlie Cox Robert Sheehan Romola Garai Bill Nighy Pete Postlethwaite Comedy


Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have the misfortune to go to school with Bono.


Neil McCormick, a punk schoolboy in Dublin in the 1970s, wants to be famous. More than famous, he’s certain his destiny is to be a Rock God. Neil and his brother Ivan have it all worked out: the albums, the stadium concerts, the quest for world peace.

There’s only one thing they hadn't counted on. The boy sitting on the other side of the classroom has plans of his own. And his name is Bono.

When Ivan auditions for Bono’s new band, U2, Neil feels betrayed. So when Bono tells Neil that they want Ivan to be their guitarist Neil makes an executive decision that will change his and Ivan’s life forever. He tells Bono that his brother isn’t interested…

As U2 soar into the stratosphere, the McCormick brothers gig in strip clubs and smoky bars to enthusiastic audiences mostly made up of their own family. Coming agonizingly close to stardom a number of times their fortunes are somehow always thwarted, usually by Neil’s uncanny ability to make spectacularly bad decisions such as turning down the chance to be on U2’s label…and sleeping with the wife of the record exec just about to sign them.

One fateful day in 1985 LiveAid confirms to the brothers that their school friends have somehow become the biggest band in the world. Shite.

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