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James McAvoy to Play Kurt Cobain?


When first I heard of this project to turn the Kurt Cobain biography Heavier Than Heaven into a biopic at the urging of Courtney Love, it was in conjunction with Ewan McGregor's name as the actor who might be taking on the role of the Nirvana frontman. Recently the project acquired a production company, so it's definitely happening. But McGregor's name is nowhere to be found.

Instead, there are reports that James McAvoy might be the man who plays the troubled Cobain, a suggestion that I find bizarre. I love McAvoy as an actor and I think he's adorable, but to play Kurt Cobain? He'd make a very elfin grunge rocker, in my opinion.

What do you think about this news? Should McAvoy be cast? Should Ewan McGregor be cast? Should anyone be playing Kurt Cobain in the first place?

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magdalenableu15289838 magdalenableu15289838 2 years
This movie should not even be made! It is based purely on Courtney Love's aptitude for being capable of only lying. I guess this means she managed to manipulate the situation in order to pay Frances Bean for 'milking it' long ago of 20 million. She must have repaid in order to have the rights back from Frances to even do this project. Courtney will always try to make the next best dollar, even if it means at the cost of planning hits. If a film is made about Kurt Cobain , it should exclude C. Love/hole because it is fact that he wanted a divorce from her. Why couldn't it have been her, she is gross, sociopathic, psychopathic, narcissist and a killer and Kurt's dead!?
pinejaffa pinejaffa 2 years
No one should play him, because no one can play him. No matter the resemblence, because messing it up (even slightly) would be aacrilege.
karlakay717 karlakay717 5 years
i want joe underson to play kurt cobain... because he can sing and do grudge and i looks like kurt..
seenie seenie 6 years
I agree with the earlier comments, it should DEFINETLY be Joe Anderson from Across The Universe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He would be the BEST possible likeness and he's cute, elflike and a good actor.
huntedvampire huntedvampire 6 years
R.I.P kurt cobain... greatest music legend... i hope he was married with someone else... maybe he was still alive right now.....
kurtcobain62 kurtcobain62 7 years
i've never scene this actor in a movie or hear him talk so idk if he has an accent or not. i am a HUGE ewan mcgregor fan, but he shouldn't play kurt. he has an brittish accent and his singing voice isn't rock and roll type to me. this guy resembles kurt a little and i think he could really do a good job with it... i hope
fabulicious fabulicious 7 years
The acting talent is there :) The looks are there :D I wonder about the accent ;P
Jinx Jinx 7 years
I like Kurt Cobain alot but I'm not blinded. I doubt Kurt would want an unauthorized movie made about him, same as just about anyone. But when you lived a life such as Kurt's and go out in the fashion he did, it seems inevitable. I believe that Kurt Cobain killed himself, and I have tried to find out alot about it. People just love a rock star death conspiracy, but for the most part, they are false. In all probability Kurt committed suicide, as much as many people would love to blame Courtney Love. I agree, there was much more to Kurt, as there is many drug addicts. But he allowed himself to sink into a drug induced excuse for a life, and you lose yourself, and he did. Kurt was special, I would just love to see where he would be if he had lived. The grunge scene passed, it would have been interesting to see whether he reinvented himself, or what direction he took, but he is dead. And I will gladly watch James McAvoy play the part.
Kartene Kartene 8 years
Cobain was this very complex being that people THINK they understand, but they normally don't even come close.. I agree with Sappy that Cobain wouldn't want a movie made about him..he hated the stardom.. But at the same time, Sappy is wrong about McAvoy coz he's a very good actor.. And Jinx, it is clear that you have no idea what kind of person Cobain is.. From all that I've read about him, he never wanted to be remembered or idolized or anything like that.. And only god knows the pain and misery he went through and I don't think he ever wanted to leave his daughter.. His death may not even have been suicide in the first place..! I think people should just stop judging Kurt.. The way he grew up and all, there really was no one to guide him and help him deal with things.. He's not just a drug addicted rockstar!!! There's more to him than that!
Jinx Jinx 8 years
Sappy, commenting on someone's acting abilities (re McAvoy) when you don't even know who they are is just narrow minded. Will Smith doesn't look like Ali either, but he did one heck of a job playing him. I fail to see how this disgraces and embarrasses him, his fans, or the "enterprise". If anything disgraces Kurt Cobain, it is the fact that as a father, he blew his head off, leaving a daughter to live with that fact. I loved Kurt, but he was only a drug addicted rock star. I believe, had he lived, he would have faded away like many other grunge rockers, instead of forever living in the glow of obsessed fans.
Sappy Sappy 8 years
There is no one who could ever replace, mimic or act like Kurt and no one should ever try. this is a horrible mistake to make this movie if for no other reason than the fact that Kurt would be completly against it. also, i dont know who James Macavoy is but, he looks nothing like Kurt and he is a disgrace and an embarassment to every Nirvana fan and the entire Nirvana enterprise. while this book may be a very insightful and indepth analysis of Kurt's life, it should stay just that: a book! also making this movie would only glamourize the music industry, drugs and a very troubled and depressed indivudal who would never have even wanted to be in any way associated with this project. that will be all.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
I am aware that Kurt Cobain was a small guy! I didn't realize my elfin comment would launch so much height discussion, that's not exactly what I meant by "elfin." More that I can't quite picture McAvoy play the troubled grunge rocker that Cobain was. Sheesh!
Black-Velveteen Black-Velveteen 8 years
Hmmm...I dunno. I like him more in period pieces than grunge, but it's good that he's branching out and not becoming a type-casted actor. I'm sure he'll do a great job as Kurt! :)
DCStar DCStar 8 years
He DOES look like him! And Buzz...don't you know that Kurt WAS quite the elfin rocker? He was a small guy!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I like James McAvoy but I don't think he would be a good choice. Ewan McGregor would be perfect or Joe Anderson (he played Max in Across the Universe). We know that both Ewan and Joe can actually sing as well.
mellafe mellafe 8 years
James McAvoy is my favorite actor and I'm kinda getting tired of seeing him up for every other role out there. I hope he doesn't play this one, just a personal opinion here, he can play better and/or more interesting roles.
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