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A “Gossip Girl” star becomes Jeff Buckley: “I was not his most rabid fan”

Penn Badgley didn't go into his role as the late singer Jeff Buckley with much of a plan. "I did not have any clear-cut method to the point that sometimes I’d be like, 'What the fuck am I doing?,'" he told Salon at his hotel recently before a Tribeca Film Festival of "Greetings from Tim Buckley."

"I’d just be like, 'Wait a second, there’s no rules that anyone’s asking me to follow. No one’s checking in with me.'"

Part of Badgley's liberation in playing Buckley came from the fact that there wasn't any input from the Buckley estate. "Greetings from Tim Buckley," which takes place before Buckley's rise to fame and premature death (by drowning, at 30), does not use any of Buckley's music; the filmmakers did not obtain the rights to his music. Indeed, a competing Buckley biopic titled "Mystery White Boy," endorsed by Buckley's mother Mary Guibert and set to star "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" stage actor Reeve Carney, is in development at present.

Guibert has been a gatekeeper for Buckley's legacy on film, rejecting proposed projects about her son both for being too truthful and not truthful enough.

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