Rock stars are a tricky breed of celebrity. The musicianship and gigs are often accompanied by recreational drugs, promiscuity, and irresponsible behavior. As such, the artists can sometimes acquire a nasty reputation. Case in point: singer/actress Courtney Love. Love has had a career spanning decades, and the public was able to watch the ebbs and flows of her struggle with substance abuse and legal woes. So one has to wonder if potential employers/directors are worried about her colorful past when hiring the artist. It turns out, maybe not; her most recent directors seem to think very highly of her.
I recently had the privilege to speak with directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato about their upcoming Lifetime original movie Menendez: Blood Brothers, which stars Courtney Love. When I asked what the living icon was like to work with on set, Barbato revealed:
That's the thing about reputations, they can sometimes be very wrong. While Courtney Love has seen her share of ups and downs over her prolific career, it appears that she takes her acting roles very seriously. And considering how heavy the material in Menendez: Blood Brothers is, that's probably for the best.
Menendez: Blood Brothers is an adaptation of the real life 1989 murders of Kitty and Jose Menendez at the hands of their sons. The trial would go on to be a national event in the 1990's, as the country collectively saw the proceedings and made their own judgements about both the brothers and parents. Courtney Love is almost unrecognizable as the privileged Kitty, portraying a woman who is the polar opposite of the singer; meek, subservient, and utterly scared.
In my same conversation with Randy Barbato, he revealed how dealing with the big personalities from RuPaul's Drag Race helped make working with the somewhat infamous Courtney Love a non-issue. He said:
Well, this certainly makes sense. So often the most captivating artists are ones who have had a challenging life, so Randy Barbato's assessment of Courtney Love is spot on. Having so many life experiences can only help an actor relate to their character's experience.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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