Pete Davidson’s friends fear his ‘demons’ will return as he dives deep into preparations for his punk rocker role

PETE Davidson’s friends are afraid his ‘demons’ will overpower him if he takes on the role of legendary punk rocker Joey Ramone, it has been claimed.

The former Saturday Night Live comedian, 29, is expected to start filming a Netflix music biopic I Slept With Joey Ramone in the new year.

Pete Davidson poses for the cameras in New York City earlier this week

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Pete Davidson poses for the cameras in New York City earlier this weekPhoto credit: Getty
Joey Ramone is seen with his band mates in Brussels, Belgium in 1994

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Joey Ramone is seen with his band mates in Brussels, Belgium in 1994Photo credit: Hulton Archives

But a Hollywood insider told The US Sun that given Pete’s previous mental health issues, there are concerns about the pressures that come with the role.

The late Ramones frontman Joey – born Jeffrey Ross Hyman in New York – was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 18 and battled with OCD before dying of lymphoma in April 2001 at the age of 49.

Meanwhile, Pete was just seven years old when he killed his firefighter father in the 9/11 attacks.

The source revealed, “Pete was interested in this role because it allows him to use the tragedies of his own life for more than just laughs or scary moments.

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“Now that he’s away from SNL, he has his future to think about.

“Pete takes on this project because he simply wants respect in the acting business.

“But going that deep in this hole is risky, especially with everything Pete is juggling right now.

“Pete has been under serious pressure since leaving Saturday Night Live and this is by far his biggest challenge yet.

“But for all his success, he still acts like he has everything to prove.

“Honestly, it’s a recipe for disaster.”

“EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER”

The new film is based on a book by punk’s godfather, Joey Ramone’s brother Mickey Leigh, who will serve as executive producer on the project.

The film was announced on April 15 last year, on the 20th anniversary of Joey’s tragic death.

It comes as Staten Island native Pete’s life has been an emotional rollercoaster lately.

Earlier this year he split from reality TV queen Kim Kardashian’s girlfriend before being linked to supermodel Emily Ratajkowski.

He is currently filming the TV series Bupkis, a fictional autobiography about his life that will be shown on the streaming service Peacock.

But according to The US Sun source, Pete is already leaning on pal Rami Malek for support as he prepares to take on the role of Joey Ramone.

Rami won the 2019 Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

The insider said: “Look, Pete is trying to do his own Bohemian Rhapsody here and it’s no brainer, they’ve already been working on getting the Ramones script to that level.

“Pete’s quirky friendship with Rami Malek dates back a few years, they really like each other and now he’s going to take a step straight out of Rami’s script by taking on a music icon and really living as that character whenever he can of the brew.”

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“Pete wants to scare people to death for being so close to the real Joey, and Rami is his North Star when it comes to how to really live the process.”

The US Sun has reached out to Pete’s representatives for comment, but has received no response.

Pete Davidson can be seen on the set of the upcoming Peacock series Bupkis in New York City in October

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Pete Davidson can be seen on the set of the upcoming Peacock series Bupkis in New York City in OctoberPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty
Joey Ramone performs in concert

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Joey Ramone performs in concertPhoto credit: Getty – Contributor

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