Skip to comments.Marvin Gaye’s Son Begs Lenny Kravitz Not to Play His Dad
Posted on 12/05/2012 8:03:48 PM PST by nickcarraway
*Marvin Gayes son and Lenny Kravitz may be childhood friends, but it doesnt mean the heir wants the rocker playing his father on the big screen.
In fact, Marvin Gaye III and his family members are against the project altogether, according to TMZ.com. Kravitz will play Gaye in the biopic Sexual Healing (working title), which is said to follow the legends life in the 80s when he battled drug abuse and depression up until his father shot and killed him in 1984.
Gaye III tells TMZ The producers and directors of this film are very wrong and shameful [They're] trying to do a film about a low period in his life. They dont even know the whole story.
Marvins son says he and Kravitz were schoolmates and remain friends to this day, so he wants to talk to him about why he would do this.
Gaye III says he and other family members are meeting with lawyers to try to stop production, and added, I would hope [Lenny] doesnt have any idea that we are against this film being done.
Gaye III sounds a bit discombobulated.
I don’t know why we can’t just let these people rest in peace. Hollyweird just has to make a buck.
I thought this movie had already been made, some time ago of course . . . I must be wrong.
He had a rough time - he is the “adopted” son of Marvin Gaye and his first wife, Anna - but in reality Marvin Gaye got his wife’s 15 year old niece pregnant, and the Gayes adopted the child he had with her.
Gaye III tells TMZ The producers and directors of this film are very wrong and shameful [They’re] trying to do a film about a low period in his life. They dont even know the whole story.
Dude’s got a point, the story is not exactly standard Hollywood fare. There’s no happy ending to the story, no triumphant redemption, and everyone knows that going in to the theater. The circumstances don’t lend themselves to painting Gaye as a noble martyr either. I doubt they are going to do it as a tragic morality play, after all, when was the last time Hollywood cared for morality? So what does that leave? Exploitation.
Film critics beg Lenny Kravitz not to play Marvin Gaye