Jonas Bros. movie may foretell an end to innocence
By Bob Tourtellotte
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When red-hot boy band the Jonas Brothers debut their 3-D movie on Friday in many sold-out U.S. theaters, it will mark a new beginning for them and, perhaps, the end of their youthful innocence.
So far Kevin, 21, Joe, 19 and Nick, 16 have mostly avoided the pitfalls of celebrity -- constant hounding by paparazzi, names trashed in tabloids and on gossip websites, and public scrutiny of personal choices, to name a few.
But the Disney movie "Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience," which shows them onstage and behind the scenes of their 2008 "Burning Up" tour, could change that. After all, one of their trailblazers, Miley Cyrus (a.k.a. Hannah Montana), saw her world change while on a similar trajectory to stardom.
Right now the trio of pop stars, who gained fame on the Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana" TV show, do not seem worried. In fact, they shrug off what little downside they've seen to stardom -- months away from home on concert tours, long days promoting records and gossip in tabloids and on blogs.
"You just, kind of, have to laugh it off. There's always going to be haters, but that's what comes with the territory of this," said Joe.
"It's weird. You look at a downside, and it depends on your outlook. There was one year where we spent eight months living out of a suitcase, but to us that was exciting," he added.
In a recent interview, the three brothers credited their father, Kevin, with preparing them for the rigors of stardom.
Nick also said his work in Broadway musicals such as "Les Miserables" and "Annie Get Your Gun" offered lessons on the long days and hard work of performing for a living. Continued...