Lady Gaga Wants To Be Amy Winehouse In Upcoming Biopic

Aug 6th, 2011 // 18 Comments

It’s been two weeks today since the passing of Amy Winehouse, and in that time the “Body And Soul” singer has gotten more press than she’s received since she first blew up with “Rehab” and we all expected Back To Black to be the beginning of a long, fruitful career. Now another performer who tends to hog headlines — Lady Gaga, perhaps you’ve read about her — is gunning for a role as the late 27 Club starlet in a rumored biopic, according to The Daily Star. Gaga told Access Hollywood Winehouse “opened a door for girls like me who didn’t fit that exact real pop mold” — is the “You And I” diva hoping to repay her with a big screen tribute? Read more below.

First of all, let’s talk about this film existing in the first place. Not only does it seem a little insensitive to already be working on a film not two weeks after Amy’s passing, but does the world need an Amy Winehouse biopic at all?

Winehouse’s career certainly didn’t have the longevity of the recently-Hollywoodized Johnny Cash or Ray Charles, for example — decades’ worth of drama and romance. By comparison, Winehouse’s story has a lot less material (and essentially only one album of recognizable music) to draw from. Which means the focus will most likely primarily be on her addiction and troubled romance with Blake Fielder-Civil, which just feels exploitative at this point. Will we see reenactments of Winehouse drunk on stage? Do we need to, when they’re already on YouTube?

About the role, an “insider” is quoted by The Daily Star as saying: “Lady Gaga worshiped Amy and would love nothing more than to transform herself into her idol on the big screen. She’d be spot on performing Amy’s songs and has got the right look and bolshy attitude. Gaga’s been itching to make the transition from music into movies and sees this as the ideal role to launch her film career.” This, of course, is after Lady Gaga told The View that the world should be kinder to superstars in light of the songbird’s passing.

So as for the splashy casting idea — yes, Mother Monster has shown some good comedic timing on SNL, and we know she went to Tisch. But does casting someone without any prior cinematic acting experience seem a bit reckless? Should this role be played a dramatic actress we know is capable of rising to the challenge? Sure, it’d be interesting to hear Gaga’s take on Amy’s music, and maybe she’d knock it out of the park with acting chops we’ve never seen. But Gaga’s stardom might very well eclipse Amy’s story, as seeing the hooker-inspired icon in any movie would be a spectacle at this point. We’re not sure playing Amy Winehouse is a role one should cut her teeth on.

Honestly, we have a hard time believing anything will actually come of this news. It sounds like the sort of thing that makes a good headline until everyone comes to their senses about and realizes it’s not a good idea. Likely, this bit of buzz will disappear back into the rumor mill as quickly as it surfaced.

But tell us what you think. Would you like to see one outrageous diva play another with Lady Gaga as Amy Winehouse, or should producers hold out for a more seasoned (and less sensational) actress?

Or should Hollywood just leave Amy Winehouse alone altogether?

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  1. LordGagaTX

    i dont believe this one bit, Gaga would never do this. She respects Amy a great deal, and by impersonating her and taking the spotlight will make her look selfish and unprofessional. The Daily Star just made this up cause Gaga looks like Amy alot, + Gaga is not interested in a career in acting – YET. She is focused on promoting her album, and she’s starting her tour in two months so she would have no time. so, This doesnt make any sense.

  2. Anon

    I think Amy should finally be left alone. Lady Gaga was spot on when she said that the world (and especially the paparazzi and the media) were so unkind to her, I believe they had a huge hand in her demise, and they should be ashamed of themselves. There’s enough of Amy’s downfall on places like Youtube – I also believe that the people who put up those videos of her last performance should have a good, long hard look at themselves. How on Earth could anyone put that kind of thing on the internet for the whole world to see when it is Evident that Amy was distraught and upset – no one helped her. Even her performers laughed at her while she stumbled about on stage. Bloody shame on the lot of you.

    Even now in death, the media can’t let her be.

    She deserved better! And now she is gone.

  3. isabella!

    even if they did do a movie about amy winehouse, they shouldn’t dare have lady gaga as her in a movie. @LordGagaTX in what pictures does lady gaga and amy winehouse even look similar, get out of here with all that bull. it would take alot for anybody to even take lady gaga seriously in a movie. and either way amy winehouse should be left alone, unless you get the parents permission and donate atleast half of the proceeds from the movie to programs that help people fight addiction then hollywood should leave it alone!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Kathleen Hughes

    First of all, Lady Gaga is a “Pop Singer” and not a Jazz Vocalist like Amy Winehouse. I think it would be in very bad taste for Lady Gaga to do this.

  5. tina

    I loved Amy’s music and was a fan of hers. But it irks me when people blame “the world” for her demise. Her demise came as a result of the addiction she was battling to overcome.

  6. Roger

    Who the phuck cares? Why would anyone want to see this kiss up to the sodomites play a drunken loser who OD and threw it all away? Seriously people. Her comment about how everyone was hard on her is BS. We are to give this loser a pass on her drunken stage performances where she couldn’t even stand? People paid money to see this loser sing and she couldn’t do that, but I am suppose to cut her slack???? F YOU Gaga you bleeding heart wop. Why would anyone want to waste any money on a biopic of a first class LOSER? Amy was a LOSER! All talent and she blew it! She struggled so much and then blew it. What about her band? These guys were with her from day one and they get screwed because of her weakness and self centered behaviour! Let us get this “flash in the pan Marilyn Manson wanna be” to play the role? Can this idiot even act? I think gaga should spend her time kissing the backside of the gay community because that is all that she does.

    In about 2 more years, the word will tire of Gaga and she can go join the town of “Has-been”.

  7. Roger

    Again screw Gaga. She sucks. Amy was a drunken loser who blew it. So LONG…NICE TO KNOW YOU! NOW GO ROT IN YOUR GRAVE……..

  8. Exchange

    The calims have proven to be false – she’s not this desperate for more attention – she’s too busy promoting her album and designing her new tour to be featured in a film.

  9. Exchange

    Ha in tow years she’ll be a has been – that’s what people said three years ago and she has been titled as the new queen of pop, she’s an international pop and fashion icon, she’s had one of the highest grossing tours, one of the biggest selling albums worldwide in quite sometime – even her previous two records are charting higher than her competitions newest albums…..RETARD ALERT !

  10. Exchange

    When GaGa was a brunette she was constantly confused for Amy Winehouse…

  11. Exchange

    GaGa is also a Jazz singer, that’s what she did prior to joining the punk scene in New York and crossing over to pop/disco/dance music – she’s going to be featured on Tony Bennetts new record in case you didn’t know

  12. Diamond

    Why are you so angry? Immature loser. Grow up.

  13. Diamond

    Sorry, that was directed at roger.

  14. Jay

    So nice to see people breeding thier vile and hate – it seems Roger has some anger issues.

    Amy was a human being. It’s so bloody easy to judge & view her world from where we all sit. I can’t imagine it would have been easy for her. People say she lived a priviledged life. If you ask me, it is us who have privilidged lives because we don’t have the media & the paparazzit scrutinizing our every single move. We are afforded privacy.We are given space when we need space to sort through our troubles. We are able to move throughout the world with relative ease without everything we do being judged & bandied all over the internet & through the media.

    Can you imagine how lonely she would have been? Is it so hard to sympathise with someone who struggled with addiction? It is so easy to fall into & 100 times harder to overcome. It changes your world, it changes the way you think, & unless you have been there… you have no right to judge her so harshly.

    Rest in peace, Amy. Your music touched my soul & it took me places no other artist has ever taken me.

    You will be missed.

  15. Jay

    As for your gay barb… Perhaps if you walked in the shoes of a gay, lesbian or trans person, then you might understand that she doesn’t kiss up to them – or their arses – or however it was you put it – but that certain people in the gay, lesbian, trans community feel that they can connect with Lady Gaga in some way through their own struggle with being ‘different’ as an individual, and to the things that society calls ‘normal’. Whatever the hell ‘normal’ is supposed to be.

    It would seem that Lady Gaga appreciates those who can relate to her and her own struggles regarding bullying, or being branded a ‘freak’, etc. Whether they are gay or not. It just so happens that she has a huge following within the ‘gay’ community – understandably. As a Queer, I myself can appreciate the message she is sending.

  16. No peace in life, even less peace in death.

    Why does Anna Nicole Smith spring to mind when I think of all this?

  17. blakehater

    What a joke. Gaga’s ego would never allow her to play Amy as Amy was. She didnt even like her. She coloured her hair blonde to avoid being mistaken or compared to Amy as she said in an interview a few years ago. No, defo not a good pairing unless your into Gaga Wino

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