R&B Soul Superstar Ne-Yo turned down what most people would consider the role of a lifetime because he absolutely does not want to gain any weight, especially since he says he’s an avid gym-goer and working hard towards his next album, R.E.D. Ne-Yo simply refuses to gain the necessary 30 pounds that he would have to pack on for the role as Martin Luther King Jr. himself, and that is his only reason for turning down the offer, according to Essence.
Ne-Yo makes it very clear that his music will always be his number one priority. Ne-Yo told Britain’s Sunday Mirror about the issue and why he declined the offer:
“They wanted to start shooting the Martin Luther King movie at the same 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.”
The singer-songwriter is no amateur to acting however; he has acted in main roles in both hit movies, Red Tails and Battle: Los Angeles.
Ne-Yo has given us so many meaningful hit songs that it probably wouldn’t matter if he continued acting or not; his reputation and contributions to the music industry are endless.BET, Celebrity News, Essence Magazine, Hip-Hop, Martin Luther King Jr Movie, Ne-Yo, R&B, R.E.D., Sunday Mirror, The R.E.D. Album