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Thursday, July 27, 2006

There's casting and then there's PERFECT casting.

Someone in a Hollywood casting office is finally using their head.

According to Billboard magazine, Hugh Grant's singing coach for his upcoming movie where he plays a retired pop star is none other than Martin Fry of ABC!

Fry was summoned to America earlier this year to coach his fellow Englishman, who plays an '80s pop star opposite Drew Barrymore in the upcoming romantic comedy "Music & Lyrics By." "I was like his stunt double, vocally," jokes Fry. "Warner Bros. figured, 'If Hugh Grant was a pop star, who would he sound like?' And I guess my name came up."

Fry recorded vocals for a couple of songs written by Fountains Of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger that will appear on the soundtrack. "Hugh listened to what I'd done, and then used that as a sort of springboard," Fry says.

In the film, Grant plays Alex Fletcher, an artist attempting a comeback by writing a song for pop star Cora Corman -- a "Britney Spears/Shakira-type character," Fry says. Fletcher, who hasn't written a tune in years, must collaborate with his "plant lady," played by Drew Barrymore. The movie, directed by Marc Lawrence, is set for a holiday 2006 release.

Fry adds that Grant "did well" in his role. "I think his voice sort of sounds like John Cale, actually! I gave him a few moves as well, but he's pretty clued-up," he says. "He knows what he's doing."


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