According to London’s Evening Standard, a film based on the life and career of Marvin Gaye is being made with Lenny Kravitz starring as the Motown crooner. The film is being directed by Julien Temple who directed the film‘Absolute Beginners’ with David Bowie and worked on several projects about the Sex Pistols.
The movie doesn’t have a title yet, but it focuses on the final years of Gaye’s life which he spent in London battling an alcohol addiction and dodging the tax man and being rescued by music promoter Freddy Cousaert, who brought him to his flat in Ostend, Belgium to recover and get his life back on track.
This would be Kravitz’s first starring role, but he he made he has made big screen appearances in ‘Precious’ and ‘The Hunger Games’. Janis Gaye, the singer’s second and last wife, has said she feels “very sceptical” [sic] about the project. I’m very “sceptical” about it as well. Hey guys, I learned a new word today!
Ah, here we go again. Why not make a proper movie about Marvin’s life and have the approval of his family? Doesn’t he deserve that? Jimi Hendrix and Nina Simone do, but they certainly aren’t getting it and it doesn’t seem that Marvin will, either.