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Aaron Paul Would Like To Play Kurt Cobain In A Nirvana Biopic

Aaron Paul Would Like To Play Kurt Cobain In A Nirvana Biopic

Next month, it'll be 26 years since Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain died in the Seattle property he shared with his wife, Hole singer Courtney Love, but the legend of the singer very much lives on - as does the legacy of his band's music.

Evidence of this can be found in the fact that Aaron Paul - the 40-year-old actor best known for playing Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad - has said he'd like to play the role of the singer if such an opportunity arose.

The actor - who recently finished playing the character of Todd Chavez across six seasons of poignant adult animated series Bojack Horseman - was talking to NME about his upcoming role in the third season of Westworld when he was asked if there were any other roles he'd like to play.

Aaron Paul. Credit: PA
Aaron Paul. Credit: PA
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"When I first moved to LA," he said, "I thought quite a bit about Kurt Cobain and what happened and I just love Nirvana. 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' was one of the first records I bought with my own money, so I've thought that could be interesting [to play Cobain]."

The late Nirvana frontman has already been the subject of numerous films and documentaries, most notably Nick Broomfield's controversial 1998 documentary Kurt & Courtney, which investigates the circumstances of the singer's death.

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Most recently, 2015's Soaked in Bleach - directed by Benjamin Statler - detailed the events that led up the the Nirvana singer's death, all seen through the perspective of Tom Grant, the private detective who was hired by Courtney Love to find her husband.

Late Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain. Credit: PA
Late Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain. Credit: PA
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It's not known if there are any biopics in the works for the late Nirvana singer, but with his work remaining as popular as ever, it doesn't seem unlikely that Aaron's ship might come in.

Last year, Cobain's unwashed cardigan from Nirvana's 1993 MTV Unplugged performance sold for a total of $489,000.

Julien's Auction hosted a bidding war for the cardigan that Cobain wore during the show. According to Rolling Stone, the cardigan had a missing button and two cigarette burns.

It was one of more than a dozen items of music memorabilia being put up for the highest bidder, with other collectibles from Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Michael Jackson and Madonna also going under the hammer.

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Mischa Pearlman

Mischa is a freelance journalist usually based in either New York or London. He has written for Kerrang!, Record Collector, NME, the New York Observer and FLOOD magazine, among others. Contact him at [email protected]