A Minute With: Singer Trey Songz on new movie "Texas Chainsaw 3D"

Wed Jan 2, 2013 1:51pm EST
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES, January2 (Reuters) - R&B and hip-hop artists have appeared in horror films before, but 28-year old singer Trey Songz tackles a brand new incarnation of the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" franchise with "Texas Chainsaw 3D."

The film, which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, follows a young woman who inherits a lavish, isolated mansion. When she visits it for the first time with her three friends, one of whom is played by Songz, they realize there is horror awaiting them in the basement.

Songz, a Grammy-nominated artist with hits like "Say Aah," "Can't Be Friends" and "Bottoms Up," took a break from his world tour to talk to Reuters about his first movie role as a lead actor.

Q: Is acting something you've had your eye on?

A: "It's something I've always wanted to do, but music comes first. I wanted to make sure when I did choose a role, I had time to really get in to it. (Director) John (Luessenhop) came to the studio to meet me for the first time and I told him to give me 24 hours to figure it out. I had just come off tour, I was recording an album and the four weeks I was set to have for vacation would be the four weeks I'd be shooting the film."

Q: What did you think about during that 24-hour period?

A: "Making sure I wouldn't be carrying the weight of the film. My name means so much in the music world that I was worried I'd have to carry the film, but I think the franchise carries the weight of the film. Luckily, (my character) Ryan is a likeable guy. There wasn't too much stress on me mentally and it didn't take too much away from me as a person in order to be him ... I couldn't ask for a better stepping-stone as a first-time actor."

Q: You've stated that you are the first black actor in the "Texas Chainsaw" franchise. What does that mean to you?   Continued...

Singer, rapper and actor Tremaine "Trey Songz" Neverson poses in Los Angeles, California, December 18, 2012. Trey Songz stars in the upcoming movie, Texas Chainsaw 3D, a remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre which is set to open nationwide on January 4, 2013. REUTERS/David McNew