Penn Badgley As Jeff Buckley

As previously discussed, Penn Badgley, best known as Gossip Girl’s inflated Brooklyn pseudo-intellectual Dan Humphrey, is playing Jeff Buckley in the forthcoming biopic Greetings From Tim Buckley (that’s a photo of him in character above). This is one of two competing forthcoming Jeff Buckley biopics — the other stars Spider-Man Broadway guy Reeve Carney — and it’s the one that doesn’t have the rights to use any of Jeff Buckley’s actual music, which is honestly probably better for all concerned. But so anyway, Badgley showed up this past weekend at New York’s Cameo Gallery, opening for the Cribs’ Ryan Jarman, and he played three of the Jeff Buckley songs that he can’t sing in the movie. Below, we’ve got footage of him singing “Lilac Wine,” and it’s fairly impressive, at least from a technical standpoint; all those showoffy swoops and trills can’t be easy to duplicate. But it also still sounds very much like Dan Humphrey from Gossip Girl painstakingly recreating a Jeff Buckley song, if that makes any sense. Watch it below.

Greetings From Tim Buckley is still in post-production. Frank Wood, who played Murray’s co-worker Greg on Flight Of The Concords, plays Gary Lucas.

Comments (3)
  1. Decent rendition. Still unsure why James Franco wasn’t cast for this role.

  2. some damn good singing.

  3. You know what.. he did a really good job technically.. I was ready to rip away.. but the problem is that his voice sounds almost nothing like Jeff’s. And that was always going to be the problem, because short of the guy from “Ours” who could you get? And apparently these films are all gung-ho that the actor do the actual singing. (James Franco.. singing Buckley?) I think this is just going to be one of those things where the more you know Jeff Buckley’s music, the less you’re probably going to be able to tolerate these movies.. and I don’t know if Buckley has a large audience of people who don’t know his music, that’d want to see a film about him.

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