Works For Us! First Look At Jesse Martin As Marvin Gaye

May 7, 2013  |  

After seeing pics of Keke Palmer, Drew Sidora, and Lil Mama as TLC yesterday and now this image of Jesse L. Martin as Marvin Gaye, my faith is beginning to be restored in biopics. Good acting can definitely make up for what looks don’t — example Angela Basset as Tina Turner in “What’s Love Got to Do With it” — but it certainly doesn’t hurt when an actor playing someone in a movie actually looks like the subject. Case in point, “Law & Order” actor Jesse Martin.

Shadow and Act just posted this first photo of the actor in wardrobe (basically with a beard) on the set of “Sexual Healing” and the resemblance is rather striking when compared with Marvin’s 1971 album cover, “What’s Going On.” See for yourself.



Looks promising right?

Something else that’s promising is the likelihood of this film seeing the light of day. As you know, Marvin Gaye III is not too thrilled about this biopic, but according to S&A, filming is 70% done and the flick will be taken to Cannes next week to sell to international distributors. A 2014 film festival debut is expected so it won’t be too much longer ’til we see this masterpiece (hopefully).

Are you feeling good about Jesse in this role?

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