In February 2015, the Backstreet Boys spoke to the Independent about their motivations behind the documentary and some of the 'dirty laundry' that would accompany it:
After the runaway success of 1999's Millennium (singles include "I Want it That Way" and "Larger Than Life"), BSB released Black and Blue in 2000 (singles include the criminally underrated "The Call"), a compilation album in 2001 and Never Gone in 2005. Then a fight over McLean's drug abuse led to a rift between him and Richardson. In 2006, Richardson announced he was leaving the band.
McLean, Dorough, Littrell and Carter put out two albums and went on three tours as a foursome, but BSB wasn't the same, and wouldn't be until Richardson rejoined in 2012. (Both McLean and Carter credit Richardson with helping them recover from drug problems, and throughout the movie and our interview, he comes across as the group's voice of reason.)
"If you're going to do a real documentary, you have to ignore the cameras," McLean says when I ask whether the guys had a discussion about how much BSB reality they'd share on-screen. "We've aired our dirty laundry over the past 22 years, from me going to rehab to Brian's surgery [Littrell had open-heart surgery in 1998], but there's a lot that our fans don't know." Carter adds, "We wanted to give our fans another side of us they've never seen before."
Some of that side is hard to watch if you are a fan. In addition to McLean's struggle with addiction, the documentary touches on Carter's fight against drug abuse and his estrangement from his parents, as well as the group's fraud and theft suits against BSB founder/manager – and later *NSync creator – Lou Pearlman (who would eventually be convicted for perpetrating a $300m Ponzi scheme). Midway through the film, an argument over Littrell's ability to perform at concerts – he has what he calls "vocal tension dysphonia", which tightens the muscles around the vocal chords – is aired. Cue Carter and Littrell yelling, "Shut the fuck up" at each other across a conference room.Read the full Independent article here