LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Former Credence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty has taken issue with “Proud Mary,” a movie that he believes trades on the popular CCR hit of the same name.
The movie, starring Taraji P. Henson and which was released this week, tells the story of a hit woman with the same name. As well, the movie’s marketing material uses a riff on the song’s lyrics.
On Thursday, Fogerty took to social media to express his views on the film, writing that the movie is antithetical to the theme of the song.
“This movie has nothing to do with me or my song,” Fogerty wrote in the lengthy post. “They simply picked the title and wrote a completely fictitious story around it.”
“No one ever asked me about using my song in this way, or even the meaning of Proud Mary. The movie poster has the lyrics changed to read ‘Killing for the man every night and day.'”
“I wrote the song about a mythical riverboat, cruising on a mythical river in a mythical time,” he continued. “It was obviously a metaphor about leaving painful, stressful things behind for a more tranquil and meaningful life. Far from a story about killing people for money.”