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Marvin Gaye's son speaks out against biopic


Marvin Gaye's son is attempting to pull the plug on a Hollywood biopic about the soul legend, by urging Lenny Kravitz to walk away from the lead role.

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Marvin Gaye III has consulted lawyers about shutting down director Julien Temple's planned movie, which will reportedly focus on the Motown singer's battle with drug abuse and depression in the last years of his life. Kravitz has been tapped to star in the film, but Gaye III wants the rocker-turned-actor to know he and his relatives do not support the "wrong and shameful" project.

Gaye III tells that Kravitz is a childhood friend, and admits he would like to "talk to him about why he would do this," adding, "I would hope he doesn't have any idea that we are against this film being done." He says, "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 don't even know the whole story." Gaye was shot dead after an altercation with his father in 1984.

Dec 3, 2012 2:27PM
What happened to Marvin Gaye is sad. You have to tell a truthful story and his son probably doesn't want the bad part of the story to be told again. He did drugs, he was depressed. He was one of the greatest artists ever and telling the story straight is the best thing to do. If the movie is only about the negative then his son has a good case for shutting it down, but you have to tell the whole story.
Dec 3, 2012 4:02PM

It should be done in the vein of the movie, "Ray"... starring Jaime Foxx. There were factual highs & lows of Ray Charles' life in that movie.

That was a great bio-pic, and also earned Foxx a well-deserved Oscar!

Dec 3, 2012 3:20PM

If the entire movie is based on only the low points of the late great Marvin Gaye,

I would agree the movie should be scrapped. However if it is included as a part of

what he went through, then that is a different matter.

It won't change the minds of the true blue fans of Mr. Marvin Gaye.

He was one of the greats including the album cover with Mr. Gaye in a raincoat

with rain drops on it. It is a timeless picture!


Dec 3, 2012 4:22PM
I was one of the great admirers of this marvelous man. His songs still to this day shake me to my senses when I'm down. He inspired mankind to think of peace in the world for the sake of the children . Indeed what's going on is in the world is not good and he proclaimed it. I hope the film would show how good the man was and not only the bad points of his life
Dec 3, 2012 4:05PM
you should tell the whole story good and bad makes him the person he was and maybe save someone who needs to be inspired now!
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