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Trey Songz nearly lost movie role over studio snub


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.

Bing: 3D 'Chainsaw' roars to top of box office

"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.

Jan 11, 2013 6:43PM
Is this about cool songs by Trey Anastasio?? 
Jan 11, 2013 12:28AM
Goes to show you how old these execs are. About 15 more years and "thangs" are going to be changing around Hollywood (well, maybe). Yall know what I'm saying.
Jan 10, 2013 10:56PM
I'm pretty sure Texas Chainsaw Massacre isn't number 1 because of Trey Songz.
Jan 10, 2013 9:14PM
Never heard of him either..he might not be unknown but he sure as hell isnt a household name either and nobody cares whos in Texas Chainsaw Massacre it is on the Top of the box office because theres no other decent movie out right now
Jan 10, 2013 6:27PM
Another example of just how out of the loop film executives are when it comes to popular culture. Remember when movie execs almost didn't make PURPLE RAIN because none of them had heard of PRINCE.....?
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