June 29, 2006

Jeff Buckley Biopic thinking...

As we all know, biopics are very popular right now - however, most of them are about old dead people. Now JA (at My New Plaid Pants) got me thinking about the casting for the newly announced biopic of the young(er) Jeff Buckley who drowned in '97. He put a call out for people to think about who could be cast as the musician and I spent a lot of time (ahem, 10 minutes is prescious) thinking it over.

I'm not sure if JA approves, but the name I kept coming back to (after initial hesitation) was...

JARED LETO


Now, bare with me here. There is actually a bit of resemblence between the two, plus Jared is a musician (with the band Thirty Seconds to Mars) and he can definitely act with the best of 'em. I made this little picture thing to compare and contrast.



Can you see where I'm coming from? And, plus, Jamie Foxx didn't look like Ray Charles! Joaquin Phoenix looked nothing like Johnny Cash. etc.

Plus! Consider this. Jeff Buckley was born in 1966, but died in 1997 that made him 31 years old (right? Maths was never my strongpoint). Jared Leto was born in 1971, which makes him 35. Very similar ages. Plus, Jared's a hottie (sorry, had to throw that one in).

So... yeah, that's my two cents. I haven't heard many Jeff Buckley songs, maybe I should?. Anyone else got any ideas for this movie? What song title should they use for the title of the film (they can't call it Jeff!)

6 comments:

JA said...

Oooh, five years or so ago I would've salivated all over this choice shamelessly, I used to be obsessed wiith Jared like I am now with Jake G. Then Jared started using US Weekly as a "dating" guide, he'd just flip through the pages, find who's getting photographed, and sleep with them (see Jessica, Lindsay, Scarlett, et al.), and also, I began to notice he's not really a very good actor. Or, at least, hasn't been much more than one to one-point-five note as of yet. I am catiiously curious about his fat grab for acting glory in that "I killed John Lennon" pic.

Physically, he'd be great to pull of Jeff; even as grossed out as I get by his tabloid-baiting antics and the seemingly overwhelming consensus that he's a grade-A asshole, Jared only seems to get pretttier and prettier, until it kinda pains me to look at him.

Vocally, well, I honestly havnn't brought myself to listen to any of Jared's music, but Jeff Buckley had one of THE most beautiful angelic voices EVER, so I'm thinking lip-synching will be the way to go anyway.

If they have to go with a "star", then Jared's not a bad choice, but I'm kinda hoping they get an unknown. Acctually, now that I'm thinking about it, I say "get an unknown" in hopes that they find a Jeff Buckley doppleganger who can sing exactly like him and he begins recording. So, basically, I want them to extract some of his corpse's DNA and clone Buckley, and that's the only way I'll be satisfied.

Kamikaze Camel said...

Why don't they go one step further and extract Jeff's actual DNA from his corpse and inject it into a featus, add in some form of weird futuristic hormone that makes the newly born child grown years faster and in 3 years we'll have Jeff circa 1996 and he can play himself! It would totally work...

But, yeah, I haven't heard Jared sing either. The whole actor-fronting-a-rock-group thing turns me off. But he was the only person I could make a legitimate case for (Daniel Day Lewis is too old unfort).

But an unknown with James Dean/River Phoenix screen presence would be choice.

adam k. said...

Why do I get Leto confused with Nick Stahl? I expected that link to go to In The Bedroom, not Requiem.

Anyway, in two of those pictures, Jeff looks just like Jared Leto, and in the two others, he looks just like James Franco. Maybe Frano could do it? I dunno.

Arden said...

I think you'd need a pretty kickass director to pull this off.

Kamikaze Camel said...

I'd never heard of the announced director. But the producer is Buckley's mother and the producer of, er, Finding Neverland.

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