Who knew Lonely Boy could sing!? Now that Gossip Girl ended it’s six year run, Dan Humphrey, er, Penn Badgley, no longer has to keep his singing abilities on the backburner. In fact, the 26-year-old is showcasing his vocal talent as Jeff Buckley in the biopic, Greetings from Tim Buckley. The film was shown for the first time in the United States on Tuesday night as part of the the Tribeca Film Festival celebration, exclusively for American Express cardholders. And, we have to say, he did darn good in this role as Tim Buckley’s aspiring singer/songwriter son who makes his big debut at a tribute concert in 1991, honoring his late father in New York.
Greetings from Tim Buckley is the tale of two tortured musicians living simultaneously in two different realms without being the average run of the mill biopic. Confirmed by an audience member who stood up to congratulate director Daniel Algrant, Badgley and fellow cast mate Frank Bellow. “I knew Tim and I knew Jeff,” the Amex cardholder said. “And I was at the concert that night, and I don’t like biopics, but the liberties you took really gave me the distance to love this film,” he said while the cast members on the stage cheered.
If you need any more convincing of Badgley’s talent, here’s a testament. During one scene in the film, Badgley his love interest, played by Imogen Poots, are seen in a record store. His performance caused the audience—which was respectively quiet through the film—to erupt into cheers and applause, present company included. He was that believable.