*Jesse L. Martin fears his plans to produce and star in a biopic about music icon Marvin Gaye are not meant to be – because it’s proving “impossible” to bring to fruition.
The former “Law & Order” star has been attached to the film “Sexual Healing” since 2008, when he signed on to help The Sopranos’ James Gandolfini bring the singer’s life story, adapted from Steven Turner’s book Trouble Man, to the big screen.
Director Julien Temple took charge of the movie in February, following previous filmmakers Cameron Crowe and F. Gary Gray, but the project has been hit by a series of problems and delays due to difficulties clearing the rights to Gaye’s music.
And Martin admits he’s no longer holding out for the role.
He tells WENN, “(Making the film is) impossible. It’s just not… I don’t know (if it’ll happen). I mean, I just sort of threw that one up to the universe and said, ‘If it’s meant to be, it’ll be’, but it seems impossible to put together, it really does. It just hasn’t happened.”
“Sexual Healing” is just one of several Gaye biopics in the pipeline, but Martin insists all of the films have faced the same licensing issues and he’s now contemplating other ways to tell the story.
He says, “There’s five or six (other Gaye projects) in the works. I actually feel less pressure. There’s so many stories out there trying to happen that it just seems like it might be impossible. Nobody’s done it yet. We haven’t done it, nobody else has either, so there seems to be a reason you haven’t seen that story on the big screen yet. I don’t know what it is, but we’re gonna have to change tactics and do it on stage, or something like that. That would actually be a great idea! So we’ll see, we’ll see.”