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Marvin Gaye’s Son Slams Lenny Kravitz-Led Biopic; Family Taking Legal Action

Submitted by on December 4, 2012 – 9:53 pmNo Comment

Lenny Kravitz has been cast to portray Marvin Gaye in an upcoming biopic tentatively titled Sexual Healing, but the project has the late Motown legend’s family in an uproar. Reportedly, the film will detail Marvin’s life during the early 80s, a period during which he lived in Europe while battling depression, financial issues, and drug addiction. The legendary crooner was ultimately shot and killed by his father in 1984.

Although Marvin’s fans are happy that any period of his life is being brought to the big screen, his family, particularly his son Marvin Gaye III, are incensed and contemplating legal action against the film’s producers. According to TMZ:

“Marvin 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 don’t even know the whole story.’

Marvin’s 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.’

Marvin Jr. tells us he and other family members are meeting with lawyers to try to stop production — and added, ‘I would hope [Lenny] doesn’t have any idea that we are against this film being done.’”

Marvin’s second wife, Janis Gaye, has previously spoken out against the film, revealing that she’s “very skeptical” about the project. So far, no one from Lenny’s camp has responded to the controversy.

Marvin’s impact on R&B and music in general can still be felt today, over 28 years after his tragic death. His music has been covered by a variety of artists, spanning the gamut of musical genres, including James Taylor, Brian McKnight, Michael McDonald, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, The Strokes, and Gil Scott-Heron. In 2003, Marvin was listed at No. 18 on the Rolling Stone list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Five years later, in 2008, he was listed at No. 6 on its 100 Greatest Singers list. He was posthumously inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and given the Grammy Award for lifetime achievement in 1996.

Considering his unwavering legacy, it’s imperative that his story make it to the big screen. For the sake of his fans (myself included), I hope the producers of this biopic and his family are able to come to an agreement in order for this project to come to fruition.

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