I Used to Be Famous begins by introducing a famous early 2000’s British boy band called Stereo Dream. The group of five is led by Vince, aka Vinnie D, and Austin Roberts.
The story then moves on to 20 years later, where Vince is now a wrecked nobody struggling to make ends meet. He lives in Peckham; London and we see him hopping from bars to restaurants hoping to land a live gig with some new music he’s working on. Unfortunately, nobody really pays attention to their belongings.
One day, while busking, he has an impromptu jam session with a talented drummer named Stevie, who is on the autism spectrum. Locals enjoy the mini performance and some even record it. Before Vince can properly speak to him, his mother, Amber, takes him away. Meanwhile, we also see that Austin never fell off the wagon and is a famous musician planning his farewell tour. After another series of failed attempts to get a gig, Vince hears the sound of drums playing nearby.
He ventures into a local church and becomes aware of a music therapy class for people with special needs. Incidentally, Stevie and his mother are also part of the group. Coordinator Dia invites Vince to join the group and that’s where he starts. Meeting Stevie. Later, Vince gets a call from his mother asking him to come to his brother Ted’s birthday party. At home, Vince looks at old recordings of his childhood when he gave his brother a harmonica.
The next day, as Vince is walking down the street from where he usually performs, a local vendor shows him a video of him jamming with Stevie. When he sees that it has almost 100,000 views, he rushes to a nearby famous pub and books a gig. Now the next step is to convince Stevie and Amber to do the same. In the band, he shows Stevie the video and agrees to play with him. makes noise but goes with it.
Amber, on the other hand, is outraged by the idea and goes with her son. Not wanting to give up, Vince finds her address in the church office and goes to see Stevie. Before Amber can yell at her, her son lies about inviting Vince over for tea. At that moment, Vince reveals that he was in Stereo Dream and realizes that Amber used to be a dancer (from a picture). Vince also reveals that his brother Ted died many years ago.
The theme of the concert comes up and a discussion begins. As they go back and forth about it, Stevie has a panic attack and Amber tries to get her drumsticks while they calm him down. However, Vince manages to calm Stevie down by playing Hit with His Hands and when Amber sees this, she agrees to the concert.
The Tin Men Vince And Stevie’s Partnership
The duo begins rehearsals and Vince meets Austin at his studio and invites him to the pub gig. The big night is finally here and they arrive at the venue just in time for their performance. The pub manager calls them “The Tin Men”. ‘ and their early songs are very well received. However, as the show progresses, a few troublemakers decide to single out Stevie. As his condition begins to get the better of him, Vince gets into a fight with one of the troublemakers he leads. he was kicked out of the building in.
Vince is badly bruised but is surprised when Austin shows up. While trying to help his old friend, Vince tells Austin to go, teasing him that he doesn’t want his help like last time, and hinting at bitterness. Story. He then returns to Stevie’s house, where Amber unties him for endangering her son. Vince retaliates by saying that Stevie has talent and if she locks him up he will never reach his true potential. Not wanting to hear another word, Amber kicks Vince out and tells him to stay out of her life.
What happened to Ted in I Used to Be Famous?
Vince goes home desperate and breaks things to vent his anger. He then realizes he’s messed up old footage of his brother as he looks at them. Through fragments of footage and flashbacks, we learn that Ted was ill and died in the hospital while Vince was touring with Stereo Dream.
Ever since then, he’s been plagued by the guilt of not being there until his brother’s last breath. Vince travels back to his hometown to meet his mother and asks for the harmonica he gave Ted all those years ago. She cries and tells him she doesn’t know where he is.
How did Stevie change?
Back in London, Stevie’s demeanor begins to change and he demands that Amber let him do things just because he’s not a kid anymore. He prints flyers for The Tin Men and goes looking for a job, which he eventually gets. calls Vince (who is back in London) and tells him they are playing despite his protests.
A few days later, Vince meets Stevie and Amber outside the church and apologizes. During music lessons, Dia lets Vince do the driving and shows off her natural abilities in teaching and music therapy. Later, Dia offers to take over the class in the near future.
Does Vince get his break?
Austin comes across the video of The Tin Men in the pub and is impressed. Glad to have received Dia’s offer, Vince is excited when Austin invites him to his farewell tour. He goes and tells Stevie about it, but there is an unfortunate twist.
Austin producer Dennis (whom Vince knows from the Stereo Dream days) informs him that they only want him for the tour and not the special needs boy. Vince agrees but is devastated when he tells his young friend about the development. Thankfully Stevie is confident and encourages Vince to keep going as he won’t get a third chance.
Did the Tin Men get back together?
Stevie starts practicing drums more intensively and Vince prepares for the tour. He receives a package containing Ted’s harmonica from his mother and ends up visiting his grave. Stevie now focuses on music education and applies to the Royal Central School of Music. He takes an introductory trip to school alone and Amber returns to dancing. He is happy that his son is making great strides in life and visits Vince.
She admits she held Stevie back and is glad he’s changed, all thanks to Vince. However, he also explains that Vince needs to stay out of his son’s life now as he can’t have his head full of false promises at this critical time. Vince is devastated that he can’t see Stevie on his birthday. In the studio, Dennis gives Vince some papers to sign as part of the tour and asserts creative authority over his tracks. He notices Austin and Dennis arguing in the next room and the screen goes black (we don’t see if Vince signed the document or not).
The scene then switches to Stevie’s birthday dinner. As the mother-son duo walks home, they notice signs that lead them to the very spot where Vince and Stevie first played. There they notice a mini-concert. with stage, colored light, and drinks. Vince apologizes for everything that went wrong and plays a song for Stevie after wishing him a happy birthday. It also involves a group of street musicians and friends from the therapy group. Stevie joins Vince on stage and they play together for a small group of locals who gather to enjoy The Tin Men’s performance.