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Ne-yo Turns Down MLK: Role "I'm not gaining 30 Pounds"

Ne-Yo turns down Martin Luther King Jr. role Says nothing comes before his music.

Ne-yo Turns Down MLK Role "I'm not gaining 30 Pounds"In an interview with a British newspaper, R&B singer Ne-Yo revealed that he rejected an opportunity to play Martin Luther King Jr. in a new film. The singer turned actor expressed he had to turn the role down because the director wanted him to gain 30 pounds and that went against his efforts to prepare for his new album release.

“I definitely want to do more acting but it’s got to make sense with the music. I recently had to turn down an amazing opportunity to be in a movie playing Martin Luther King. They wanted to start shooting at the time my album R.E.D. comes out and wanted me to gain 30 pounds, so I couldn’t do it. I’m kicking myself but acting can’t take the place of my music. Plus, I’ve been killing myself in the gym for months preparing for this album because I wanted a complete makeover.”

Ne-yo didn’t disclose who the director was or the name of the film. There were at least five projects recently in production that are based on MLK’s  life — Paul Greengrass’ Memphis, Oprah’s Winfrey’s America: In the King Years, Wesley Snipes Code Name Zorro, and Lee Daniels’ projects Selma and The Butler. The fact that The Butler is the only film out of the five that seems to be moving forward with casting and other production activities, means it is likely the movie the R&B star is referring to.  However, there still exists the chance there is another MLK project that nobody in Hollywood has heard of.

Well it doesn’t matter now because Ne-Yo turned down the role. This is an unfortunate decision due to the fact that it’s not often that singers trying to be actors are given an opportunity to play such an iconic figures.


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  1. tg says:

    I don’t blame him. They can’t find someone the right size to portray him. Why someone got to GAIN 30 lbs. or lose 30 lbs. for a role. Cheez – there are tons of actors, etc. looking for work.

  2. Mike says:

    You got that right TG. There are plenty of actors out there looking for work.

  3. rene says:

    that would be a great role to portray,Can’t he wear a suit like Martin Laurence on Big Mamma’s house???

  4. sunshine says:

    what a dumb ***!! That movie would have done much more for his career than whatever album he’s dropping. he better hope that his album tops the charts or he’ll be kicking himself for a long.

  5. Cachiva says:

    Yeah, but if it was just some “made for TV movie” on Lifetime, then I agree that it would not be worth his time. He seems very savvy, and not the kind of businessman who would pass on an opportunity that could help his career in a major way. I think he did the right thing.

  6. blkqueen70 says:

    Thank God he turned down the role! Cause after seeing him in Red Tails, it is evident that he cannot act!

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  8. JJD says:

    It’s not about size, it’s about acting skills and whether the person can become the character they are portraying realistically. There are PLENTY of actors who gain and lose weight for their movie roles. Happens everyday. I just don’t think he should dabble in acting if he can’t commit.

  9. Me says:

    Why on earth was he offered the part anyway?!?!?! There are so many other actors that would do that movie justice! I’m glad he turned it down too….not a big fan of his acting. Plus he doesn’t even resemble MLK in the least. I mean really…the head, the nose, the lips…gaining 20 lbs would have made it look worse on him. Okay, I’m done.

  10. Me says:

    Correction: 30 lbs….makes it even worse

  11. Cass Maverick says:

    Hell I’m an actor. I will play the roll. Check me out on Facebook
    Cass D. Maverick

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