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Marvin Gaye’s Son

Begs Lenny Kravitz...

PLEASE Don't Play My Dad

12/3/2012 3:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1130-marvin-gaye-lenny-kravitz-gettyMarvin Gaye's son wants his childhood friend Lenny Kravitz to walk away from the role of a lifetime -- playing the Motown legend in an upcoming biopic -- and says he's shocked Lenny signed on for a project he calls "shameful."

Kravitz will play Gaye in "Sexual Healing" (working title) -- which reportedly focuses on Marvin's life in the 80s when he battled drug abuse and depression ... before his father shot and killed him in 1984.

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."

We reached out to Kravitz for comment -- so far, no word back.


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I think lenny would do a great job. Especially since he has a connection to his family. I will watch it.

688 days ago


Lenny is sex on a stick.

688 days ago


I love Marvin Gaye. If they're going to do a flick about him they should concentrate on the good and not the bad. Show the family some respect.

688 days ago


Well then, if it's to be "wrong" & "shameful"...maybe we've found another gig for LiLo? Since it's dealing with "drug abuse" & "depression" she can do it during her next know, kill two birds with one stone. A lot of similarities as well...he's Gaye, and she's...a rugmuncher. He's dead, and so's...her career. He was killed by his own father, and, well...we're still waiting...aren't we?

688 days ago


Lenny Kravitz is over-rated and his songs are so redundant. Please no.

688 days ago


if Lenny doesn't do it they will find somebody else...

688 days ago


I don't think Lenny Kravitz will do the film if Marvin Gaye's f family will be offended by it.

688 days ago


Give the role to Chris Rock because he looks like Marvin Gay

688 days ago


As long as he's better than he was in that hunger games film

688 days ago


The role should go to the guy Robert Downey Jr played in Tropic Thunder, can you say Oscar?

688 days ago


You folks are missing the point, this is not about Lenny Kravitz playing the role or anybody else....its about a film about "the LOW POINT IN MARVIN GAYE'S LIFE"...and I fully agree with the son. Marvin Gaye has donr so much for music over a two decade span from the 60s to the 80s, and it continues today and all the film producers want to do is focus on Marvin's negative points and demons?....Common sense will tell you, that is not right. We all have demons and downfalls..some of you are high right now...but if you died today, do you think your children would approve of a movie about you being a hellcat when you have given so much more to the world?....Its all for the love of money and that is not right.

687 days ago

Cheryl A.    

I think the Gaye family is having a problem with them just doing a movie about the end of Mr. Marvin's life. But if they included EVERYTHING I am sorry to say, it would be boring. Of course, they will probably show his good times too, but it is the incredible ending of his life that they will focus on.

687 days ago


Why in the world would they make a film about his low period? No Marvin Gaye fans will see this mess. Geez, what is going on with Hollywood? What is going on with the public that people are so moved by the lowest and most base elements of someone else's life?

687 days ago

Philo Beddoe    

Weird...I was listening to the What's Going On album yesterday for the first time in awhile, explaining to my daughter the whole Marvin Gaye story, and now this article. Unfortunately, Hollywood is about sensationalism, and that part of Marvin's life in alot of people's eyes is the time leading up to his tragic death. Piss on this movie. You want people to know about Marvin? Go buy a cd of his.

687 days ago


Just like Zoe Saldana trying to play Nina Simone, this is an insult to Marvin Gaye's memory to let someone play a great and talented man who's a short bookshelf dude who looks nothing like him. As I said before, Hollyweird is getting closer to where they are letting anyone play anyone in a biopic. Example Brad Pitt as Mahatma Gandhi.

687 days ago
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