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March 01, 2010 10:30 AM

The proposed Kurt Cobain biopic will undoubtedly proceed without his blessing, but Dave Grohl, former Nirvana band mate and Foo Fighters frontman, is taking a stand when it comes to who should portray him.

“I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m crossing my fingers that Shelley Duvall plays me,” the musician deadpans to PEOPLE. And though it may seem to be an odd choice for casting directors, Grohl explains why the actress made famous by being chased around by an ax-weilding Jack Nicholson is the right “man” for the job.

“Shelley Duvall in The Shining …” he says, laughing. “That is MY face, you cannot get any closer than that.”

It takes a confident man, or at least a guy a with a sense of humor to insist that he be portrayed by the very same actress who played Olive Oil opposite Robin Williams in 1980’s Popeye, but as far as Grohl sees it, his reasoning is sound. “I am probably the least manly dude that you have ever met in your life,” the rocker says during the Milk+Bookies Story Time Celebration in Los Angeles, “So why not have Shelley Duvall play me?”
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Furthermore, as Grohl is quick to point out, it wouldn’t be the first time a female actress stepped in to play the role of rock icon. “Put a beard on her, ” he says. “Cate Blanchett did it in the Dylan movie!”

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