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Trey Songz nearly lost movie role over studio snub
Jan. 10, 2013, 1:48 PM EST
Trey Songz almost lost out on his first major movie role because studio
bosses thought he was an unknown musician.
Director John Luessenhop was determined to cast the R&B star in 'Texas
Chainsaw 3D," the latest remake of classic 1974 horror "The Texas Chainsaw
Massacre," but he has revealed that executives at movie company Lionsgate were
against the idea because they had never heard of the singer.
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"People at Lionsgate were uncertain, saying, 'We've never heard of him. We
don't know who he is,'" Luessenhop told the Los Angeles Times. "(Then a studio
executive Googled him and) goes 'Oh my God, cast him right now.'"
The choice has proved popular among movie fans as the film shot straight to
the top of the U.S. box office on its release last week.