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Tracy Lawrence fans may remember that back in 1994, the singer’s song “Renegades, Rebels and Rogues” was used in the Mel Gibson film Maverick.
Now the singer is branching out with his first full-fledged film role, in the family feature L.A. Dirt, the tale of 18-year-old Ty Hargrove (played by Dolphin Tale’s Michael Roark), who has the heart to become a champion dirt track racer, but not the support and funds needed to do so. “I’ve been wanting to do some stuff in film for a while,” Tracy tells CountryWeekly.com. “It’s a well-done feel-good story about a man trying to chase his dream, but he has to overcome the adversity in his life of having an unsupportive alcoholic father.” The singer has been filming on location in Mobile, Ala.
Tracy’s first feature film role is a small but pivotal one. “They gave me the choice between portraying the alcoholic father or the supportive uncle,” says Tracy. “The alcoholic father has a few more lines but we thought the positive influence of the uncle, and the message he sends of being that stable father figure that Ty needs—we felt like that was a better character for me.”
That’s not to say there’s no drama for his character. “My character actually dies in the movie,” Tracy reveals. “The hardest part about the movie is I thought I should tell my children about that scene before I left to go film it. They’ve been asking questions and trying to wrap their heads around what it means that daddy’s going to die onscreen,” he says with a laugh. “But we really communicate openly with our children. They are inquisitive and fascinated by this movie stuff.”
Though he’s just beginning to toy with acting, Tracy says there could be more film roles to come. “I’m 44 years old and I know it’s late to get into it,” Tracy says candidly. “It’s a creative outlet and I think it will be fun. Maybe there’s a whole other element I can add to my career and something I can dabble in for many years to come. I’ve got some contacts for acting coaches in Los Angeles. I want to try to take small steps forward. It’s not something I want to rush into. I want to take my time with it.”