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In what would have been a major career move for Will Smith, the actor has said “nay” to Gaye.

The Oscar-nominated actor, who spent months in negotiations to portray the legendary soul singer, has turned the role of legendary Motown R&B legend Marvin Gaye who was tragically murdered by his own father at the height of his fame.

So Cameron Crowe, who has been trying to get the project off the ground for four years, is without a leading man again.

But the director isn’t rushing to find his Gaye – he’s determined to hire the right man for the role.

Crowe tells Daily Variety,

“It’s all about getting the contact high in a movie theatre that you can get from music. A record can change your life. Somebody poured their life into that little piece of music. To me that’s a hero.”

Did Smith turn the role down because he’s already signed on to “Independence Day 2” and “3”? Because we’d much rather see the Gaye biopic…

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