Considering both Marvin Gaye and Lenny Kravitz helped turn a generation of girls into women with their buttercream voices, it makes sense that the “American Woman” rocker would portray the R&B legend in an upcoming biopic. Britain’s The Standard reports that Kravitz has signed on to director Julian Temple‘s film depicting the last three years of Gaye’s life. This will be Lenny’s first big screen starring role…so thanks to everyone who was obsessed with Cinna in The Hunger Games movie! You done good, kids.
Personally, we can totally see this working. Lenny bares a passing resemblance to Marvin, he can probably wear his own wardrobe and he certainly has the pipes for it. With any luck he’ll be joining Daniel Day Lewis in our 20 Most Crazily Accurate Celebrity Portrayals of Historical Figures gallery in no time. The movie will allegedly depict Gaye’s struggle with alcoholism in London before music promoter Freddy Cousaert intervened and helped him recuperate in Belgium. So…if the film starts in 1981, we’re assuming it includes Gaye’s tragic shooting death at the hands of his own father in 1984? Wow, seventh grade us never thought we’d be rooting for Lenny Kravitz to win the Best Actor oscar. We were too busy rooting he’d somehow be driving through Northeast Ohio and be really into girls with sports goggles. Oh, like we were the only ones!
As you well know by now, Australian buck Hugh Jackman was named People magazine’s coveted Sexiest Man Alive. Whether you agree with the magazine’s assessment for the number one spot, it’s undeniable that there are some foxy men on the remainder of that list. So as you curl up this weekend to check out the nominees and the also-rans, be sure to listen to our perfect soundtrack for gawking — by the sexy, for the sexy.
Justin Timberlake — “Sexyback”
Although he was best known for his soulful odes to racial harmony and sexual bliss, singer Marvin Gaye‘s personal life was anything but laid back. At age 44, Gaye publicly admitted he was long-time “drug addict and sex freak”, a Safe-for-Work version of one ex-wife’s accusations that Gaye was a porn fiend and chronic masturbator prone to violence and coke binges.
Gaye’s double life mirrored that of his father, Marvin Pence Gay Sr., a fundamentalist preacher in Washington, DC. Despite vowing to wipe out vice in all its guises, Gay Sr. was also a cross-dresser who whipped his children. Unsurprisingly, tension and arguments were common under his roof. Marvin and his father had fierce brawls, the singer later changing his last name to “Gaye” to distance himself.
In 1984, in a house filled with guns, booze, and blow, the Grammy-winning singer and his father had their final skirmish, this time over misplaced business papers. After Gaye knocked his father to the floor, 70-year-old Marvin Sr. got up, retrieved the pistol his son had given him for Christmas, and shot him twice at point blank range, killing him instantly. In a jailhouse interview, Gay Sr. was asked if he loved his son. He responded, “Let’s say that I didn’t dislike him.”