Martin, Gandolfini set for ‘Healing’
February 10, 2008
Duo to star in Marvin Gaye biopic
By Tatiana Siege
James Gandolfini will join Jesse L. Martin in the indie feature “Sexual Healing,” which chronicles the last years of singer Marvin Gaye’s life.
Lauren Goodman will helm from a screenplay she based loosely on Steven Turner’s book “Trouble Man.” Story covers the life of Gaye (Martin) from his parting with Motown to his self-imposed exile in Europe and will include his relationship with Freddy Cousaert (Gandolfini), the promoter who guided the singer through the recording of his biggest-selling album, “Midnight Love.
The rest of the article, as it appeared in Variety, can be found here.
This article appeared Jan 31, 2008, and almost a week later, I am still unsure how I feel about it. I would love to have a movie about the life of Marvin Gaye. But this movie is from a time removed from this “Motown affiliation”, which was an important part of his life story.
I am guessing that Motown is *still* not giving up rights to the music of the era, forcing this movie to be made outside the the scope of Marvin’s Motown career and that is truly a shame. I think that biopics on Marvin and other Motown artists would be money-makers.
We Boomers do go to the movies you know. Shame, shame shame on you Motown for preventing this from happening. Of course if it is not your fault I stand corrected.
What do you think?