Mary J. Blige says 'Rock of Ages' role 'fell down from Heaven'
05/23/2011 by Olivia Allin
Mary J. Blige has a lot on her plate, performing a duet with Lil' Wayne at the Billboard Awards and working on a new album, but the singer is especially excited for her role as Justice Charlier in the upcoming "Rock of Ages" movie. "I mean the cast of 'Rock of Ages' is amazing," Blige told George Pennacchio of OnTheRedCarpet.com at Sunday's Billboard Awards. "I'm blessed - Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand. Wow, this just fell down from heaven for me." Justice Charlier, Blige's character in "Rock of Ages" is the owner of a Sunset Strip gentleman's club. "I have to thank Adam Shankman because he actually picked me and gave me the part," Blige continued. "I didn't have to audition or anything, so the director, I love him and I'm just so happy!" "When people stop wanting to know what you're doing, then you've got a problem there it's better for people to want to know, I'm happy about that," Blige said of her un-wavering popularity. Blige is currently working on her tenth studio album, "My Life II, The Journey Continues," which is scheduled for release on September 3, 2011. The singer made her acting debut on "The Jamie Foxx Show" in 1998 and made her big screen debut opposite rapper Q-Tip in the independent movie, "Prison Song." Despite a recent report that said he had left the project, Alec Baldwin is still a part of the production. In recent days, director Adam Shankman has been talking about his experiences making the movie with Baldwin and several other actors on his Twitter page. "@rustyrockets and Alec Baldwin were so good , we added a mash up for them," Shankman Tweeted on Tuesday, May 17. "Add @Diegoboneta & @juliannehough, & amp; it's epic." The film will be based off the hit Broadway musical which featured classic 80s hair rock hits from bands like Journey, Bon Jovi, and Twisted Sister. Baldwin, who has appeared in films such as "Beetlejuice" and "It's Complicated," portrays Dennis Dupree, an ex-rocker who runs a club in Los Angeles' famed Sunset Strip rock district. Russell Brand (Twitter user rustyrockets), plays Lonny and Diego Boneta portrays Drew. The movie also stars Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bryan Cranston and Malin Ackerman. Cruise's character, rocker Stacee Jaxx, is expected to sing Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive." His character is also a part of other several other musical numbers . The Broadway musical starred "American Idol" alum Constantine Maroulis. "Dancing With the Stars" professional Julianne Hough portrays Sherrie, a small-town girl who catches the eye of Cruise's character. Hough may also be seen in some provocative outfits since her character becomes a stripper. Catherine Zeta-Jones is playing an "arch-conservative" villain and Paul Giamatti had signed on to play the manager of the rock band headed by Jaxx. Shankman, who also directed the musical film re-make of "Hairspray," previously announced on his Twitter that "Rock of Ages" would be released on June 1, 2012 and that filming will start in May.
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