Not to vent on how lame and old I am, but Nirvana was in their prime around my sophomore and junior year of High School. I clearly remember about a quarter of the boys in my school being obsessed with bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam, and with that whole grunge movement. I swear, no one in my class got a haircut for like 3 years. To this day my wife and I talk about Kurt Cobain and ponder what sort of music he'd be making and what sort of collaborations he'd be getting involved with if he were still alive today. And while it's painful to think about how much brilliant music we missed in all the years since Cobain's death, it's still nice to hold onto what we do have and cherish it; celebrate it.
By now you've probably heard of the upcoming Cobain biopic that Oren Moverman (The Messenger) is in talks to re-write and direct, based partially on Charles R. Cross' Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain. Since The Messenger (co-written by Moverman) features a brilliant script, I have faith that this biopic will turn out great so long as they get the right person to play Cobain. In my opinion, there's only one actor alive today who should be playing Cobain: Ben Foster. And since Moverman and Foster already have that connection from The Messenger, I'm real hopeful he'll at least be considered.
For Cobain, you need someone a little dark, moody and poetic. Someone who tells a story with their eyes; someone who'll have no problem holding a shotgun up to his head and pulling the trigger (in fake life, not real life). Foster is the guy who's nuts enough to pull off this role and be nominated for an Oscar. Other sites, like JoBlo, speculate that Jeremy Renner may be up for the role after talking up the Cobain project in an interview last year, though he never admits to being involved. Plus, with so much heat on Hurt Locker, his agents are gonna make sure he runs off to take on some summer blockbuster. One other choice for me would be Emile Hirsch; another young (and somewhat underrated) actor capable of completely losing himself in a role.
I'm sure every young actor is sizing up this role right now to see whether they'd be a good fit. There's also a chance producers might want to cast a complete unknown. So before we even go near potential actresses for Courtney Love (Britany Murphy would've been great), who out there should take on the Nirvana frontman? Ben Foster? Jeremy Renner? Some other actor? A complete unknown?
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