Lenny Kravitz as Jimi Hendrix in a biopic?
In this week’s Entertainment Weekly, the music staff tried to follow up on the rumor (first floated here), but Kravitz’s reps would neither confirm or deny it. Such casting would be a no-brainer, though, given the rocker’s obvious stylistic debts to Hendrix.
Still, I think the 41-year-old Kravitz is a bit long in the tooth to play a guy who died at 27. (Plus, there’s the little question of his untested acting skills.) I remember Laurence Fishburne telling me about his dream of starring in a Hendrix biopic (this was about 10 years ago, shortly after he’d played Ike Turner), but Morpheus is looking more like Barry White than Jimi these days. So, who should play Mr. Purple Haze? I nominate CSI’s Gary Dourdan, who proved at this year’s Emmys that he can actually sing. (Remember, he sang the theme to The Jeffersons, a show that costarred Roxie Roker, Kravitz’s mom. Small world.)
But I’m open to your suggestions, PopWatchers. Who do you want to see in Hendrix’s purple haze?