Ewan McGregor To Play Kurt Cobain

Scottish actor Ewan McGregor is reportedly being considered to play Kurt Cobain in a movie about Cobain's life.

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Scottish actor Ewan McGregor is reportedly being considered to play late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain in a movie about Cobain's life, according to England's Daily Express. McGregor, who has starred in films such as "Trainspotting" and played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the recent "Star Wars" prequels, is said to be the favorite choice of Cobain's widow, singer Courtney Love. A source told the Express, "A number of actors have been talked about (for) the role but Ewan has emerged as the number one choice." McGregor has played a rock star before, appearing as a character allegedly based on Iggy Pop in the 1998 film "Velvet Goldmine". Love recently wrote at Moonwashedrose.com that a film based on the 2001 Cobain biography "Heavier Than Heaven" was in the early stages of production, with two actors up for the role of the troubled singer and guitarist. Love also said that the actress hired to play her was "a little too pretty." No other details about the Cobain movie have been revealed, including the director and release date. Although this would be the first official movie about Cobain, who committed suicide in 1994, the 2005 film "Last Days" was a highly fictionalized account of a Cobain-like musician's final week of life. Credits for the report to Blabbermouth.net.

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    Eddy Hitler
    MyNameBeMikal wrote: cman138 wrote: NO!!!!! Don't ruin Star Wars with this blasphemy! Yeah! Leave that to Lucas! (Been done already)
    i agree
    fadetoblack0126
    slayerkills wrote: prodantic wrote: all i gotta say cobain killed!! nirvana sucks!!! i dont care if the part is given 2 a sumo wrestler it will suck anyway, only reason nirvana is this popular is becos he is dead personally ppl shud move on and get over it let the man rest in peace instead of making a crappy movie 2 make money off his name! cman138 wrote: NO!!!!! Don't ruin Star Wars with this blasphemy! Fuck Nirvana Nirvana is the ****ing shit, for anyone to say they suck is seriously disconnected with music and need to shut the F**k up. Kurt was the man and he did so much for the kids in his time, plus he killed Hair metal, thank god for making Kurt. Learn something about the man before you go and say shit like this.
    okay i like nirvana to and no offense but they didnt kill hair metal thrash metal killed hair metal bands like metallica and anthrax they killed hair metal nirvana actually killed thrash metal
    ready2breakdown
    why dont they just leave kurt the phuck alone! he's not that interesting. he's got things about him than friggin bible bangers talk about god. I bet courtney's banging that dude that looks like kurt too. He's got enough money to keep her occupied for a few weekends. lol
    Chickenfrmheck
    g8erfan1 wrote: Nirvana did not sell out. Courtney Love sold out Nirvana. It's just a shame that Dave and Krist can't do anything about her. She's only making the movie because she needs the money. What a shame.
    psh i bet shes doin more than that for money...*throws up guts and lights on fire*
    rusrec00
    Learn_to_fly wrote: nirvana = second most overrated band ever. (they trial behind tool) but ewan mcgregar pwnz. ...
    Those three staements made your post immediate message chowder.
    zepplinmike
    I don't really care about the actors but if Courtney Love has anything to do with the production or source material of this movie there is no way I am seeing it.
    misirlou
    wow, i don't think i've ever seen this many people pissed off over nothing. to people who don't think ewan can do an american accent, go watch velvet goldmine. he makes a pretty convincing "mostly iggy pop but sort of also lou reed" character. to people who don't think we need a nirvana movie, of course we don't. but really, when you think about it, we don't really need any movies. but they're still good to watch. to those who say this is nirvana "selling out", accusing bands of "selling out" doesn't make you cool, especially when the accusation is based on your perception that movies are somehow a part of "the establishment" or whatever cliche buzz word you've come up with for people who don't listen to punk. movies are just as legitimate an art form as any (sometimes). and to people who think this is somehow disrespecting kurt cobain: HE'S DEAD. i mean, let's assume for a minute that there's a heaven, and kurt's in it. do you really think he gives a flying **** at this point whether or not they make a movie about him? in short, if it really bugs you that much, don't see the movie.
    joshjhasarrived
    sashki wrote: That's a lame choice of actor. Worse than Lenny Kravitz playing Jimi Hendrix. When I read the title, I thought McGregor was gonna play their songs!
    Haha I thought the same thing!
    KillerZombie
    I feel bad for Nirvana. I mean, Kurt is crying in heaven right now. He probably regrets marrying that hag. Needless to day, Nirvana was a great and awesome band that defined a generation,that's still going on today. It doens't need movies, or TV spots, it's a band on it's own. I think Love is selling out Nirvana overwelmingly. You can still make a dead band alive again, but not as much as she has. You wish in perfect world that Krist and Dave can destroy that evil witch and take back what was originally theirs, but they can't. I like Ewan as an actor, i think he's one of the best, but playing Kurt? I have doubts, though, hasn't movies surprised us in the past? even so, i think this is still rediculous. Though, we'll see. RIP Kurt, and NIRVANA rocks.
    darlingjones
    Dead_End wrote: GOD DAMNITT, i realize you either love or hate Mr. Cobain, but HE IS DEAD, i grew up in that generation, and i still listen to Nirvana, but it sickens me, we DONT NEED a cobain, nowell, morrison, or any movies of dead guys, i cant even go to the mall without seeing Kurt cobain lighters, shirts, hoodies, flasks... if you like him remember what he did dont make another damn "boo hoo I'm dead, heres a shitty movie to remember me by" project and if you hate him, dont listen to him, when you see a nirvana fan, dont talk to them, isnt it simple? if you like the dead dudes like lennon and cobain, joplin, nowell, hendrix, ect, buy the cds. dont take it further than that we dont need to load stores with this bullshit like "lunchboxes" "flask" "lighter casings" **** it, R.I.P. Mr. Cobain, and any other idolized dead guy people wont let go of..
    well spoken. Personally though I think Cobain is highly overrated, still love nirvana though.
    40 pancakes
    misirlou wrote: wow, i don't think i've ever seen this many people pissed off over nothing. to people who don't think ewan can do an american accent, go watch velvet goldmine. he makes a pretty convincing "mostly iggy pop but sort of also lou reed" character. to people who don't think we need a nirvana movie, of course we don't. but really, when you think about it, we don't really need any movies. but they're still good to watch. to those who say this is nirvana "selling out", accusing bands of "selling out" doesn't make you cool, especially when the accusation is based on your perception that movies are somehow a part of "the establishment" or whatever cliche buzz word you've come up with for people who don't listen to punk. movies are just as legitimate an art form as any (sometimes). and to people who think this is somehow disrespecting kurt cobain: HE'S DEAD. i mean, let's assume for a minute that there's a heaven, and kurt's in it. do you really think he gives a flying **** at this point whether or not they make a movie about him? in short, if it really bugs you that much, don't see the movie.
    Very well said. What about the 12 year olds who go and see this and take up guitar? Bad example, but who cares, it might get people into a great band. Besides, I'd love to see it proven that Kurt was murdered. Suicide is for pussies.
    ihavnofingrprnt
    mousepad wrote: by the way, will smith is black...
    realy because i heard he was the first reverse albino white man anyway ewan mcgreggor is a great actor he might be able to pull it off, i would definitely see the movie out of curiosity , thats not to say that this movie is probably just a way for courtney to loot off Kurts corpse, i think the murderer must have missed courtney and accidentally shot kurt... anyway nirvana was brilliant so this movie better be amazing.
    AvrilFanUK
    Paul Walker would be an excellent choice, he talks like Cobain, has similair looks and is a fan of Nirvana.
    permanentmarker
    i think mcgregor is the perfect man for the job true story: went to friends house before i knew anything about music and he had a picture of cobain on the wall, i said "why the **** have you got a picture of ewan mcgregor on your wall, you're not that obsessed with starwars lol
    Wa-shout
    Must be alot off of Ewan chest know that he won't have to learn how to play guitar for the role...
    Guitarmeister
    sashki wrote: That's a lame choice of actor. Worse than Lenny Kravitz playing Jimi Hendrix.
    they should have got lenny henry to play jimi hendrix...that would have been a laugh
    FrenchyFungus
    Slut wrote: I also forgot to mention I think McGregor would do very well in the roll, ignoring any thought that they don't fit each other. He's a great actor. Also, I think McGregor would look pretty similar to Cobaine if his face was alittle longer and not so smooshed together.
    Yeah, I can see it working. Grow the hair and he'll look just like him.
    the1
    FUCK! So Kurt was an anti-corporate, anti-mainstream guy, and no they are making a ****ing film about him and putting Nirvana's songs on the ****ing adverts. Courtney, WTF?
    wickbone73
    very good point, i hope he trys to learn a bit so at least it looks like an average guitar player, which, altough very creative and a wicked writer and showman and awesome person, kurt was.
    daver869
    Borkov wrote: I wonder how Ewan is gonna pull off the whole left-handed guitar thing... Trainspotting was a good flick too
    good point...is Ewan lefty? If he cant pull it off he would probably be faking it.
    TheColony746
    As long as there is lightsaber action, droid fighting, and someone being hurled through a car windshield, I am fine with that!
    CustomCustom
    curt was a good songwirter who liked to get high on heroine then didnt see any reason to continue in the day to day bullshit that the rest of us he left behind must confront. easy way out? yes. but in a better place? yes. The End do we really need a movie about it? no.
    Scourge441
    Kurt Cobain is dead, and we need to let him rest. There's no sense in mindlessly worshipping him. Yes, he made some good music and yes, he changed rock as we know it, but his entire career was based on not being a sheep. Don't piss on his legacy by making him your idol.
    joshua029
    cman138 wrote: NO!!!!! Don't ruin Star Wars with this blasphemy! Fuck Nirvana
    i award you biggest effin dork on UG. way to win there buddy...
    itrytofixtabs
    Dallen_007 wrote: itrytofixtabs wrote: Learn_to_fly wrote: nirvana = second most overrated band ever. (they trial behind tool) but ewan mcgregar pwnz. he ACES every role he plays, a class actor. im just wondering if hes gonna learn to play guitar... and who the ass is gonna play Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic??? you cant NOT have them in the movie... I agree with everything you said but seriously Kurt was a crap guitarist and it should only take Ewan afew weeks to learn to play like Kurt. Just because his parts were simple does not make him a bad guitarist. His parts were catchy, fun, simple, and melodic but still heavy. Like it or not Kurt had a great sense for melody.
    My point was Kurt's guitar riffs are so easy to play that Ewan should be able to learn them in afew weeks even if he has never layed guitar before.
    Slut
    I also forgot to mention I think McGregor would do very well in the roll, ignoring any thought that they don't fit each other. He's a great actor. Also, I think McGregor would look pretty similar to Cobaine if his face was alittle longer and not so smooshed together.
    Slut
    washingmachine wrote: life_247 wrote: Last Days was the worst self indulgent piece of crap i have ever seen in my life. Utter tripe. What? Are you crazy? Last days is a brilliant example of Gus Van Sant's minimalistic beauty in the art of making films. Cobain himself (being a Van Sant fan)would have enjoyed it. Very few people can appreciate Gus Van Sant subtile and gentle style. Plus with Thurston Moore overseeing the music and Kim Gordon in the film its a must see for anyone intrested in Alternative / Indie-Punk scene of the late 80's and early 90's (especially since Vant Sant was deeply involved in that scene himself). Don't listen to certain people with an attention spans of 10mins. Last Days is extremely tasteful! I am a bit doubtful of this film though.
    While I wouldn't go that far in praise, I think it was a very interesting movie and I'm glad to have it in my DVD collection.
    Anarion614
    sounds interesting i want to see it...eh...i can see ewan fitting in to that role....
    daver869
    danzig-_- wrote: ugh...another cobain film....leave him alone!!! respect the dead.
    I second that. Everyone knows what happened to him....unless your 10....
    guitar_newbie
    After I saw Velvet Goldmine, I knew he was the one to play Kurt Cobain, if there ever was to be another movie based on him (Last Days sucked). Good choice.
    CodeMonk
    I like MeGregor, but I think Woody Harrelson would have been a better choice
    bungshal
    ianl wrote: mcgregor is a good actor but he doesn't really seem like the kurt cobain time. oh, and why doesn't courtney love play courtney love?
    You think her acting is better then her singing?
    theDOORS123
    i was just thinking about this... and its a little random but has anyone ever noticed things like, how when krist/dave wanna do something such as release a nirvana greatest hits album, courtney love flips a sh*t, and demands it not be done saying how kurt would hate it....and then she goes and does things like release his personal journals/tries creating movies about him exploiting him about 94293847x more than a cd ever would.... just seems a little hypocritical on her part but...i guess its not the first time either