It’s been almost exactly a year since footage leaked from Sexual Healing, the Marvin Gaye biopic starring Law & Order star Jesse L. Martin. That film was derailed in the middle of production because of funding issues. But the below video illuminates why it might not be such a good idea for anyone — even a multi-talent like Martin — to try and replicate Gaye’s mesmerizing virtuosity and laid-back charisma.
The clip is from 1981 and features Gaye and his band rehearsing in the conference room of some hotel in Belgium. Go ahead, marvel at the way he both conducts players and croons one of the great soul love songs — all from a reclining position. “I want you, but I want you to want me, too.” Warning: Don’t try this at home for fear of having your girl laugh you off the sofa.
(via Wax Poetics)