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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
EXCLUSIVE

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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31.

F-all    

This is once again, the gentrification of true musical artists...white washing of black activist to create sensational fim making. Lenny Kravitz and Zoe Sandalva (Nina Simone) do not fit these enormous shoes they are trying to fill. Since when has either of these actors if not any actor laid their careers on the line, in the name of social justice. Hollywood is so desperate, every movie, is based on a movie already done. Every tv show is a reality show because no one can write. Just because something can be done doesnt mean it should. These directors take creative licensing and make movies that people think are the truth, when in reality it would take a six hour movie to tell the story of one aspect if Marvin Gaye and Nina Simone life. Its like Beyonce singing Etta James, yes she could but no she shouldnt have.

598 days ago
32.

Ellen    

Then, you do a movie that portrays a positive image of your father. Not worth losing a friendship over. We know Marvin had issues, so what? Enjoy the music and move on.

598 days ago
33.

Ram1313    

The only reason I would be pissed is because Lenny doesn't kno **** about acting!!!

598 days ago
34.

reita collins    

I can't understand why they wold choose a shorter guy of another music genre. Lenny is rock&roll. Not a singer. Only "MAXWELL" should have been considered for this role. Ever since Maxwell cut his hair, all I saw was Marvin. Not only is he tall, he can sing and hit all Marvin's notes which would eliminate lipsyncing, just as Beyonce did in Cadillac Records. An artist as phenominal as Marvin deserves the best post biopic phenom available. And in my and I'm sure his family's opinion..MAXWELL would be the prime candidate for this project.

598 days ago
35.

rolyn4u    

Jesse Martin was born to play Marvin Gaye. Not only is he a great singer but actor as well.

598 days ago
36.

Patti    

I remember when Marvin agate died, and it wasn't suicide. At the time, they said he was shot by his father, who had mental problems.

597 days ago
37.

bennett    

The family doesnt want the movie.Let him rest in peace,he was a beautiful person and his music is in our souls.Let his family be in peace. Hollywood will not rest until it has smeared all the great ones.

597 days ago
38.

thesby    

if you've of stayed off that crack marvin gaye lll you wouldn't have no kidney problems!

301 days ago
39.

thesby    

marvin gaye lll is just like his daddy a crack/coke head! ya should of stayed off them drugs MG3!

301 days ago
40.

thesby    

i'll be the first to see the movie!

301 days ago
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