I keep catching wind of this–a wind that is reminiscent of a sour fart.
Every actor who even remotely resembles the late, cult-status rock star, Jeff Buckley, wants to play Jeff Buckley in the biopic that has been in development for years. Jeff’s mother, Mary Guibert, has long been involved in the process, being the responsible party for his “musical estate” and legacy. This project has been on a production roller coaster, attempting to find the right key creatives: Writers, a director, a title and of course, its star.
Robert Pattinson revealed recently that he has spoken to Ms. Guibert about portraying Jeff in what I believe to be a project that will continue to struggle to see the light of day–er, the darkness of a theater. And not to crush Pattinson’s vampire-elephant-loving heart, but Ms. Guibert is also apparently a fan of James Franco, who I believe to look more like Jeff, and who the populace would much rather see “trying” to sing and play like Jeff. (When I state populace, I’m excluding all females from ages 12-37.)
Yeah, Rob, according to Franco, Ms. Guibert has had contact with him, too. Then there are others, including James Marsden, who would like a crack at playing the incredibly influential musician. At least we know Marsden can sing.
Oh. Right. Did I fail to mention that? Whoever is playing the role needs to sing and play like Jeff. Reason number 683 why this project is a beast. You cannot impersonate Jeff Buckley. It cannot be done. And the thought of Robert Pattinson whisper-whining his way through the characterization of a man who was often mis-characterized as only being soft-spoken, but who had balls of solid brass…nope…not gonna buy it. Pattinson simply does not have the chops.
This is the only thing I have against Robert Pattinson–that he truly thinks he could pull this off. And it annoys me to think that everyone who would see it, knowing very little about Jeff Buckley, would think that he did “like…such an awesome job…”Now, if they were doing a Justin Timberlake biopic, by all means, Pattinson is your man.
As a huge Buckley fan, the only guarantee that Pattinson would bring to the film would be that fans like me would never see it. And I would really love to see it.