Chan Marshall Mulls Acting Gigs

cat power chan marshallWednesday’s New York Times features an article about Atlanta singer songwriter Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, and her past struggles with substance abuse. The bi-product of which – her notorious stage presence, or lack thereof. Mumbling, bumbling – start song, pause, abort song, start another – all part of the Cat Power mystique. Two weeks prior to the January release of “The Greatest”, her most fully realized album to date, she had a full-blown breakdown, and was entered into Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami for psychiatric treatment. A week later she was released, and on her way towards recovery. So now, with her once cancelled tour back on, performances now markedly improved, and another album (entitled “Sun”) in the pipeline, she’s making some noise again – even providing inspiration on the set of Wong Kar-Wai’s (In the Mood For Love, 2046) film: My Blueberry Nights. From the latter part of this NYT piece:

Like Will Oldham, another indie-folk rocker who is currently starring in the film “Old Joy,” Ms. Marshall is considering a foray into acting. She said that the cult director Wong Kar-wai invited her to play Jude Law’s ex-lover in the movie he is now shooting. Mr. Wong, she said, told her he was in the habit of playing “The Greatest” for his actors before each scene.

Ms. Marshall spoke of auditioning to join the cast of “Saturday Night Live” next summer. Then again, maybe her future involves domesticity. She said she was ready for a relationship and wanted to have children.

OK. Let’s not get carried away with the speculation at this juncture, as Chan has been known to toss out some verbal oddities, and more than likely, was pulling the interviewer’s chain about SNL. And unfortunately, the piece doesn’t mention whether Chan actually accepted the role in Blueberry Nights. Probably just wishful thinking, but the mere thought of a Cat Power and Wong Kar-Wai collaboration? Who put their chocolate in my peanut butter?

Video: New York Times with Chan Marshall | Cat Power on Letterman

Related: Wong Kar-Wai Owns Memphis (My Blueberry Nights)

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Posted by Ted Zee on September 19th 2006 | Home Page | 5 Comments Subscribe to this site's feed

5 Responses

  1. go-to girl Says:

    is her first name pronounced Yawn? Yawn Marshall? her live shows are irredeemable. if that’s a word.

  2. krazy Says:

    hey name is pronounced Shawn Marshall… she changed it from Charlynn to Chan.

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