The Libertines and Babyshambles singer known for drug problems and a tumultuous relationship will make his acting debut in a film based on the life of nineteenth-century poet and dramatist Alfred de Musset, starring opposite Charlotte Gainsbourg. In France, Doherty's "seen as a troubled, accursed but romantic poetic figure," said Noëmie Lecoq, a French music writer. Doherty himself seems typically confused by the career change: "I don't know if I'm a good actor, but they say I am," he explained. What a comfort to know that if you've got a whole variety of problems (drug-related, relational, professional), the French entertainment industry will like you more. [Guardian UK]
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