Jack Osbourne says dad Ozzy is 'no messed up character'

09/06/11

Ozzy and Jack Osbourne

Jack Osbourne says he chose to make a film exposing his dad's drug and alcohol-fuelled past because he wanted to show how far he'd come.

God Bless Ozzy Osbourne is a hard-hitting documentary which lifts the lid on life growing up as an Osbourne.

"I did this mainly because I was fed up of the way the media was still portraying my dad as this bumbling, messed up character," he explained.

"He has changed so much and has become a new man who I respect."

The film also features interviews with his sisters Kelly and Aimee, was produced by Jack and executive produced by his mum Sharon Osbourne.

They recall their early years with a rock star dad who was hardly ever home but say he's now a great father.

"I wanted to highlight that," said 25-year-old Jack. "That was the inspiration for the film. He's been sober and clean for five years."

Sober

The documentary, which is yet to get a release date in the UK, in parts makes for uncomfortable viewing.

Jack says his dad, who's now 62, finally got help after a huge row five years ago.

"I just told him, 'You claim you're this great guy which you're not. We, as kids, have never had to go without or want for anything - well I need a dad,' and I think that's what rang a bell with him."

Ozzy and Jack Osbourne
Image caption The documentary had its premiere at New York's Tribeca film festival

In the film Ozzy recalls that that moment hurt him and after five years of being sober he has no intention of going back.

He admits he was a bad dad mainly because he was always trashed.

He also admits he's lucky to be alive after the things he's done and the drugs he's taken.

But now he's taking it easy and has even got his driving licence so that it's often him dropping the kids off or going shopping.

Jack said: "Just because you have a house and all the things you want physically, you still need that emotional background of a father and that's not class specific.

"It doesn't mean just because you have money that's automatically what's going to happen.

"I think it's something a lot of people can relate to."