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Penn Badgley sings "Once I was" and looks pretty in a new photoshoot

Penn Badgley (as Jeff Buckley) Performs 'Once I Was' in 'Greetings From Tim Buckley'

Portraying a music legend is no easy task for an actor, and Penn Badgley certain had his work cut out for him when he accepted the role of Jeff Buckley. The actor, best known for his stint on "Gossip Girl," is taking on the challenge in the upcoming film "Greetings From Tim Buckley," and he's doing all his own singing.

The movie tells the story of the younger Buckley's first public performance -- at a tribute concert to his dad, Tim, who died of a drug overdose before Jeff was only 8. While troubled by his father's legacy and his desire to make a name for himself, the 1991 performance was the breakout moment in Jeff's career, thanks in part to his beautiful rendition of "Once I Was."

Now, you can hear the full version performed by Badgley and judge for yourself whether or not the actor does justice to Buckley. For comparison's sake, we've also embedded the bootleg version of the original performance (we'll go ahead and say that Badgley basically nailed it, but feel free to disagree). Check out the videos and catch "Greetings From Tim Buckley" in theaters and on demand starting April 16 from Tribeca Film and Focus World.


the_nerrieds 27th-Mar-2013 03:13 pm (UTC)
Ohh pfunk. I love his voice.
olivia_ramirez 27th-Mar-2013 03:17 pm (UTC)
That isn't half bad actually. Shame about the guitar though.
fierysadness 27th-Mar-2013 03:24 pm (UTC)
I love this hipster tbh
hunty 27th-Mar-2013 03:56 pm (UTC)
juliesaracen 27th-Mar-2013 04:04 pm (UTC)
Oh my. That was amazing.
actxappalledx 27th-Mar-2013 04:08 pm (UTC)
He needs to always keep his hair short
jannabanana08 27th-Mar-2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
My lovely Penn. <3
demented_21 27th-Mar-2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
Respectable. Good for him.
tankmachine 27th-Mar-2013 04:17 pm (UTC)
ugh my king looks so good here

Edited at 2013-03-27 04:40 pm (UTC)
maria0305 27th-Mar-2013 04:42 pm (UTC)
i am impressed. i was very ready to complain.
bprorsum 27th-Mar-2013 04:42 pm (UTC)
What a bad styling job/hair cut.

It's obvious he has a receding hairline but that looks terrible.
logan_lerman 27th-Mar-2013 05:19 pm (UTC)
bow to pfunk

this future oscar winner<333
primroseway 27th-Mar-2013 05:25 pm (UTC)
okay, not too bad. better than i thought he would be. stil don't like the idea of this movie tho!
oohasparklie 27th-Mar-2013 05:48 pm (UTC)
He has a great voice.
daijouboo 27th-Mar-2013 06:16 pm (UTC)
One of my favorite songs and he didn't totally butcher it. Nicely done Pfunk.
tommybeulah 27th-Mar-2013 06:20 pm (UTC)
He really is so thin now. Shoot looks good but could put on some weight.
vamatelf 27th-Mar-2013 07:25 pm (UTC)
Not bad. He did a good job. I might end up watching this now.
hateistoodark 27th-Mar-2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
Looking good PFunk
blushingblondie 27th-Mar-2013 08:45 pm (UTC)
In the first scan I saw "penis might" and I was confused.
dakotamoss 28th-Mar-2013 01:45 am (UTC)
such a prince omg
onesilkstocking 28th-Mar-2013 02:18 am (UTC)
♥ k ♥ i ♥ n ♥ g ♥
cokinetic 28th-Mar-2013 02:45 am (UTC)
toilandblood 28th-Mar-2013 03:13 pm (UTC)
he actually did a really good job i think :)
bemuse 28th-Mar-2013 04:05 pm (UTC)
That knitted neon thing is insulting my delicate sensibilities.

My bb can sing though. <3 Flawless.
glamour_bombs_ 28th-Mar-2013 09:10 pm (UTC)
jeff buckley, forever my favorite voice , always <3
sashafarce 22nd-Apr-2013 12:17 am (UTC)
That's not terrible at all. Color me surprised.
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