Cyndi Lauper shares screen with husband

Fri Apr 24, 2009 12:32pm EDT
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By Michelle Nichols

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. pop singer Cyndi Lauper and husband David Thornton share the big screen as actors at Tribeca Film Festival for the first time since the couple met on a movie set nearly 20 years ago.

While they appeared as themselves in a 2005 children's movie, their scenes as a former couple in Serbian director Darko Lungulov's debut dark comedy "Here and There" are their first acting roles together since 1991's "Off and Running."

"I thought it would be a great thing to be a part of and I got to be in two scenes with him," Lauper, who has also written a song for the independent film, told Reuters in a recent interview. "He's a fantastic actor."

"I love storytelling so if it's a small scene about a real person then I like to do that," added the singer, who has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide and is known for 1980s hits such as "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" and "True Colors."

Lauper became involved in "Here and There" after Thornton was cast in the lead role as Robert, a jaded middle-aged New Yorker who travels to Serbia to make some quick money by marrying a woman who wants to move to the United States.

"Truth be told I didn't know that Cyndi was (Thornton's) wife and in passing he suggested that his wife could maybe write a song for the film," said Lungulov, laughing, as he recalled how he had to ask who his lead actor was married to.

"It was great to collaborate with them, it was a lot of fun," said the director, adding that he initially had such a small budget for the film that he couldn't approach any agents or actors.

It was only when his script found its way into the hands of producer Jim Stark that it generated some interest among actors in New York City and led to Lungulov casting Thornton, whose previous movies include "Unhook the Stars" and "Home Alone 3."   Continued...

<p>Cyndi Lauper arrives at the 50th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 10, 2008. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>