Lenny Kravitz No Longer Playing Marvin Gaye In Biopic
... (Gibson) Lenny Kravitz
is no longer set to portray Marvin Gaye in the long-awaited biopic about the late American soul singer. As reported by Deadline Hollywood, the lead role for the film, titled Sexual Healing, will now be filled by Law & Order alumnus Jesse L. Martin. Kravitz had been announced to star in the biopic last November. Soon afterwards, Gaye's son, Marvin Gaye III, criticized the choice and threatened legal action if Kravitz did not drop out. Martin, who's in the current season of the NBC series Smash, has a musical background, having been an original cast member in the Broadway musical, Rent. Filming for Sexual Healing is set to begin later this month in Europe. The script is said to focus on Gaye's life in the '80s, at a time when the singer was reviving his career with help from British promoter Freddy Cousaert. more on this story Gibson.com is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Lenny Kravitz
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... Since then, Martin has taken on a number of lower-profile roles and is in the current season of the NBC series Smash. Martin does have a music background, having been one of the original cast members of the Broadway musical Rent along with starring in the movie version. The film once again has new producers with Vassal Benford and Fred Bestall and the film will be directed by Julien Temple (The Great Rock and Roll Swindle, Absolute Beginners, Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten). More from VVN Music Have Your Say Click here to win an iPhone5! Marvin Gaye biopic rumour rife as Lenny Kravitz
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Lenny Kravitz Steps Down from Marvin Gaye Biopic
... Late last year, we learned that nose stud-sporting soul rocker Lenny Kravitz
was in talks for the leading role in an upcoming Marvin Gaye biopic. Now, however, we've learned that he won't be taking the part. According to Deadline Hollywood, Kravitz will no longer play Gaye. Instead, Law & Order's Jesse L. Martin will fill in the starring role. There's no word on why Kravitz dropped out of the movie, but reports surfaced last year that Gaye's son Marvin Gaye III was threatening to sue if the singer didn't back out of the project. Thankfully, the director's seat will still be filled by Julien Temple, who has been attached to the film since 2011. No stranger to music movies, Temple has previously directed flicks on the Sex Pistols and Glastonbury. The film (which is called Sexual Healing, by the way) will follow the final years of Gaye's life as he struggled with addiction issues and unpaid taxes. Lenny Kravitz
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Lenny Kravitz (May 26, 1964)
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Kravitz was married to actress Lisa Bonet, who played Denise Huxtible on The Cosby Show. They were married on November 17, 1987 when they took a vacation to Las Vegas. Lenny was 23, and Lisa was 19. On December 1, 1988, Lisa gave birth their only child, a daughter named Zoe Isabella. Kravitz and Bonet separated in 1991, and their divorce was official in 1993. (thanks, Annabelle - Eugene, OR)
He produces his own albums and plays most of the instruments himself.
His mother is Roxie Roker, who played Helen on the TV show The Jeffersons. She died in 1995.
When he started recording, he used the name Romeo Blue.
Kravitz is of mixed race. His father is Russian-Jewish NBC TV News reporter Sy Kravitz, his mother was African-American/Cherokee. (thanks, Annabelle - Eugene, OR)
As a kid, he acted in commercials.
Lenny went to high school in the 90210 Zip Code, the school that inspired the show Beverly Hills, 90210. His classmates included Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon and Slash.
He has a house in Miami with '60s retro decor, complete with a white, fur-lined tunnel. Visitors are asked to remove their shoes before entering.
For the sake of simplicity, he doesn't wear underwear.
In 2000, he was arrested when he fit the description of a bank robber. He will leave the house looking like a slob, and that was one of those days.
He appeared on The Simpsons episode "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation," where along with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello and Brian Setzer, he operates a rock and roll fantasy camp. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
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