Rock

Former Mötley Crüe A&R Exec Tom Zutaut Spills 'The Dirt' On Pete Davidson, Vince Neil and Life After the Netflix Biopic

Tom Zutaut
Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

Tom Zutaut arrives for the Premiere Of Miramax's "American Satan" held at AMC Universal City Walk on Oct. 12, 2017 in Universal City, Calif. 

Tom Zutaut had a good thing going, far from the maddening crowd of the Sunset Strip. The Illinois-born A&R man, who signed Guns N’ Roses and Mötley Crüe in the ‘80s, was living in the Blue Ridge Mountains east of Nashville, writing for television, working on various projects, and helping musician friends out, all in relative peace.

However, all that changed in late March. Thanks to the March 22 release of The Dirt on Netflix, a film version of Neil Strauss’s 2001 biography on Mötley Crüe, which features Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson playing Zutaut, the low-key and affable former label exec has a full voicemail inbox, and is busy juggling interview requests and business propositions.

As he shuttles between Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans and Tennessee for The Dirt and other projects, Billboard caught up with Zutaut.

How has your life changed since The Dirt came out on Netflix?

My social media has just blown up. Within days of the movie opening, I had 2,000 requests in a few days. It's actually all been really good. I was worried a little bit about what people might think of Pete Davidson's portrayal of me, but the spin has been so good. When he first got the part, I didn't really know who he was, and my younger brother was like, "Oh, this is a big deal." I don’t watch Saturday Night Live, but what I've learned is that people seem to feel real good after seeing him portray me. Everything in my life is on fire, because they like what they see in the movie and they want to ask me questions. People want to get to know me, they want more stories and all that stuff.