09/18/2012 02:39 pm ET

'Greetings From Tim Buckley' Trailer: Penn Badgley, Your New Jeff Buckley (VIDEO)

There's a lot more to "Gossip Girl" star Penn Badgley than Dan Humphrey.

"He's a tool on a show with soap-operatic arcs and he needs to be a judgmental douche bag sometimes," Badgley told Vulture Kyle Buchanan during an incredibly wide-ranging interview at the Toronto International Film Festival. "I get that. I don't hate anybody for that. But it sucks when people call me 'Dan' and think that I'm him."

After "Greetings from Tim Buckley," perhaps people will start calling Badgley by another name. In the new indie, Badgley plays iconic singer Jeff Buckley, and even does his own singing.

The first clips from the film -- more of a sales reel than an actual trailer; "Greetings From Tim Buckley" does not yet have distribution -- highlight Badgley's singing voice as well as his un-Dan Humphrey-like acting skills.

"I knew I could do it," Badgley told Vulture. "I was not concerned about the singing. I was concerned about doing it in the right way, because I actually can imitate him more than I did in the movie. I could have maybe focused more on the mimicry. But I decided not to. I decided the most important thing was to open up different parts of myself that maybe he was opening up during that time."

Watch the clip from "Greetings from Tim Buckley" above. Does Badgley pass the sniff test? Sound off in the comments section.

[via THR]

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