Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. It's just lost hope and fleeting dreams. And thankfully they were wrong," A. You might have been an avid fan of the group while growing up -- learning their songs during piano class and having the Burger King action figures of the band from when they did a Marvel comic, for instance -- but probably haven't given too too much thought to the Backstreet Boys since.
If that's the case, the documentary is a surprisingly satisfying deep look into the band's early days and current status. Funny stories and pictures are shared, the trivia is often crazy the band watched porn together and relationship dynamics you really should have picked up on as a tween obsessive seem to be presented honestly for the camera.
The documentary, directed by Stephen Kijak, isn't just a weak nostalgia trip, but legitimately compelling. Backstreet's back, all right? Ahead, eight stories you've never fully heard before about the boy band that was larger than life: Ryan Gosling was almost in the Backstreet Boys when they were first starting out.
As you should remember, Gosling used to be a Mouseketeer. Looking back at those early tapes with Justin Timberlake, it's certainly hard to see him later beating a man to a pulp in "Drive. Ryan and I became friends just playing basketball together. Literally right around that time is when I went through the audition process and I was the very first Backstreet Boy to ever be put in the group -- which was actually in Gosling would later tell Celebuzz in that he thought this new boy band would be too much like New Kids on the Block.
In the end, Gosling admitted he was wrong not to join the group. Gosling started his own band in the late s, Dead Man's Bones , which actually ended up being pretty good. The Backstreet Boys used to watch porn together. The Backstreet Boys original founder, Lou Pearlman, would have the boys over to his house to hang out on a regular basis. According to McLean and Richardson, this house had things that particularly appeal to young kids, such as the original Darth Vader and C-3PO behind glass, Shaq's first basketball shoes, a vintage Coca-Cola machine, a Yoo-hoo machine and a pool table.
He had every freaking toy you could imagine," McLean said. Richardson mentioned big life events were enjoyed over at the house too. We all just sat there and were watching it. That was Howie's first time seeing a girl kiss a girl. It was almost like being in a fraternity.
That was like a frat party minus the drinking and the chicks. It was just fun, you know. They look like a big LP record and you'd put them in and occasionally one of the guys would throw in a pornographic film and we'd all be like, 'Ooooohh. We had a blast. According to the piece, McLean's mother said that Nick Carter had an event at the house that made Carter particularly uncomfortable.
Staying at Lou's house was a sanctuary. After rehearsals we'd all go over there and have Subway or pizza and watch movies For a short period of time, Kevin was living there. And you know, Kevin really looked up to Lou like a father figure. Kevin lost his father. It was a lot of fun for the time that we had there. I have no regrets. I have no resentment. I believe there are no mistakes in this world.
Even the most catastrophic things that have happened in the entire world I hate to say it, but everything happens for a reason and sometimes we'll never understand that reason. Nobody got really injured or anything, but I think maybe they scuffed up their faces a little bit. Some carpet burn, something like that. But no real injuries occurred. It was mostly all in good fun.
We let them go for a little bit and laughed at them, then me and Brian broke them up. We were like brothers so we had a lot a lot of passion for what we do," he said. There was no fist fight after this round. The Backstreet Boys were paid relatively nothing for the first few years, being forced to live on a "McDonald's diet.
The band would sell out stadiums and receive relatively no money for their performances. I was living on the McDonald's diet for the better portion of probably six or seven years of our career. Almost from the moment Pearlman achieved his first real success in the music industry, in , the foundations of his little empire began to quake.
Littrell sued, and in May , his bandmates joined the litigation; during discovery they learned that, among other things, Pearlman was paid as the sixth member of the band. So anything, anything we made, Lou made the same exact amount. And Brian obviously was the catalyst for the lawsuit and it really made his stomach turn upside down. The Backstreet Boys maintained a clean-cut image, but McLean was known as the wild one.
What wasn't exactly known at the time was that McLean was starting to experiment with drug use during the band's height, even being visibly high on cocaine during "The Call" music video, perhaps explaining the sunglasses at night look. So I got back from dinner around 9 p. The '80s college basketball star, Len Bias, who was drafted second in the NBA Draft and then died of a cocaine overdose just days later , was on the singer's mind. Then I was up I went to the video shoot.
I was in the makeup chair. I was just a chatterbox and I confided in my makeup artist, 'Dude, I'm on fucking coke right now.
I don't know what to do. No one was ever wiser. But unfortunately after that night, my body had gotten a taste of something new and I was hooked. He'd also run around naked through hotels. By now, McLean's closest friend was starting to worry about him, but the party continued on.
We drank heavily and did a lot of drugs and my best friend just sat there and watched and was just mortified. Because this was one of the first times he'd ever really seen me party. And obviously I had offered him stuff and he was like, 'No I'm good,' which is why we've been best friends for almost 20 years. He's stood by me through all the hardships. To try and not make his drug use a problem for the rest of the band, however, McLean would mostly just party by himself in whatever hotel they were staying in while on tour.
I got locked out of my room twice naked. That would be the extent of my rockstarness," he said. Because even though it was a bad way to live, I didn't want to be out in public and I didn't want to embarrass myself or the group or put myself in harm's way. Obviously, looking back on it, I could have done a hell of a lot more, but I'm glad that I didn't, because I'd either be dead, institutionalized, or in jail. Brian Littrell was "almost a father figure" to Nick Carter, and the two were inseparable.
Nick Carter was almost a decade younger than the oldest member of the band, Kevin Richardson, and about a half a decade younger than Brian Littrell. They were Frick and Frack, which fans had nicknamed them," McLean said. If you didn't know where Brian was, just ask for where Nick is. That's how it was for years. And I think because of what Nick's gone through with his family and losing parents in the sense that they divorced and just all the stuff he's been through with his family over the years.
He looked up to Brian. When we were first starting out, when we were really young they bonded. They were real tight in the beginning. Brian is a really good athlete, he's a great basketball player. Brian used to play hoops all the time, whatever country we were in. If we had any time off they'd be like, 'All right, we're leaving the hotel, we'll find a gym and play basketball,' and that's what they did.
And a lot of times Nick's mother and father were not out on the road with him even though they were supposed to be and we basically parented Nick.
It seemed as if Carter almost needed Littrell in his life at this point as a parent figure and mentor. But as Littrell started growing up -- he got married -- the changes made things difficult for Carter. It wasn't that Frick and Frack relationship anymore. And I think that really started this downward spiral for Nick as far as the relationship between him and Brian. And for years after that I think Nick was always intimidated a little bit by Brian.
Fans would go through crazy measures to get close to the Backstreet Boys, even sneaking into hotels and tour buses. Fans would follow the Backstreet Boys venue to venue, and learned all of the group's tricks for trying to escape fans' attempts to get as close to the band as possible.
The final drumbeat and the lights go out, we've already left the venue. So we go straight to the hotel and a lot of times we'd have police escorts and stuff like that. Sometimes, they'd even make it up to their hotel rooms.