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First Look: Jesse L. Martin As Marvin Gaye

Submitted by on May 8, 2013 – 9:32 amNo Comment

As I previously reported, former Law & Order star Jesse L. Martin will portray Marvin Gaye in Sexual Healing, a biopic about the late Motown legend. I’m over the moon that this movie is finally coming to fruition, and to add to my excitement, a picture of Jesse in the role has just hit the net! In the image, Jesse appears to have recreated the cover of Marvin’s iconic 1971 album, What’s Going On. Check out a side-by-side comparison of Marvin’s original album cover and Jesse’s recreated version above.

Sexual Healing focuses on the later years of Marvin Gaye’s life during which he put his past drug abuse behind him and wrote his hit song, Sexual Healing, while living in Europe. The film also stars S. Epatha Merkerson, as Marvin’s Gaye’s mother, Alberta Cooper Gay, and Dwight Henry (Beasts of the Southern Wild) as Marvin’s father, Marvin Gay, Sr., who fatally shot his son after an argument in 1984. I cannot wait to see this film!!

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