Famous Actor Reveals How Kurt Cobain’s Body Discovery Influenced Iconic Film


Actor Ethan Embry has revealed that Kurt Cobain’s death influenced the film Empire Records in a major way. The washed up singer character of Rex Manning had ‘Rex Manning Day’ in the film, and the date of it was April 8th, the same day Kurt Cobain’s body was discovered.

Ethan Embry, who played Mark in Empire Records, tweeted that the filmmakers picked April 8th because it was “the day the ’90s lost its music mascot,” or the day that Kurt Cobain was found dead in his home in Seattle in 1994.

Embry said, “The reason we picked April 8th as the day to have the powdered/coifed Rex Manning visit Empire is because Kurt was found on the 8th of April, the day the music of the 90s lost its mascot. #RexManningDay.”

In the movie, Rex descends upon Empire Records on April 8th, a day that was presumably picked after a random page-flip of the calendar, but it wasn’t so random.

See Embry’s tweet below.