Tuesday, February 07, 2006

"Law & Order" star tunes in to Marvin Gaye movie

It's funny, For years I have been hoping that they would do a Sam Cooke biopic and I thought that Jesse Martin would be a perfect choice. I always guessed that between the needle drop and the rather unsavory and unresolved details of his death that the film would be a legal nightmare. But oh well-- They took my actor. He will be Marvin, which is still rather groovy. ------------------------ Hot on the heels of hit films about Ray Charles and Johnny Cash, a project about the final years of Marvin Gaye is set to begin production in May. "Sexual Healing," an independently financed drama starring "Law & Order" cop Jesse L. Martin as the late Motown icon, will shoot in Hungary and Germany. Lauren Goodman will direct from her own script. The movie chronicles Gaye's self-imposed exile in Europe after years of battling drugs, domestic issues and label headaches. There, he was rescued by a promoter who helped Gaye record his biggest-selling album, "Midnight Love," which yielded the monster comeback hit, "Sexual Healing." ADVERTISEMENT Gaye's life was cut short the day before his 45th birthday in 1984, when his father killed him. "More than just being the voice of a generation, Marvin Gaye proved to be its very heartbeat," Goodman said. "As a filmmaker, I was drawn to tell the story of a human being who was never fully realized, one with faults and foibles and an uncommon grace expressed every time he picked up the microphone." Various producers have spent years trying to make a movie about Gaye. Originally, the project was intended to cover a larger portion of his life but was refocused on his final years because of rights issues with his Motown-produced records. Music biopics are a hot genre these days with the success of 2004's Oscar-winning "Ray" and 2005's Oscar-nominated Cash movie "Walk the Line." Martin most recently starred in the feature adaptation of the hit musical "Rent." Reuters/Hollywood Reporter


At 2/07/2006 08:05:00 PM, Blogger thenorwichblog said...

Hi - love the blog

Gary :-)

At 2/07/2006 10:28:00 PM, Blogger Scott E D said...

Can I just say, that is one fine black man!

At 2/07/2006 10:40:00 PM, Blogger Nicole said...

(Courtney Cox on Friends voice)

I know!


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