A Minute With: Clint Black, the movie star!

Thu May 6, 2010 1:54pm EDT
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By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - He is best known for singing country songs like "Killin' Time" and has sold over 20 million albums, but Clint Black has returned to acting with the straight-to-DVD release this week of family film "Flicka 2."

The movie, with predecessors that date back to 1943's "My Friend Flicka" and include 2006's "Flicka," tells the story of a big city girl, played by Tammin Sursok, who is forced to move to the country home of her father, where her wild ways are tamed by the love of a horse named Flicka.

Black portrays a ranch hand, Toby, who is the father's confidante and the movie's comic relief. He spoke to Reuters about the movie and his acting which, he says, will get more attention from him in the future.

Q: You've acted a few times before in movies and TV. Were they one-off instances or is acting something you had planned?

A: "Most of the acting jobs have been one-offs, a call comes into my agent, asking, 'Do you want to do this?"

Q: Is that what happened with "Flicka 2,"

A: "Well, it was either me or Alice Cooper, and they decided to go country. I was at a friends ranch and my manager called ... my big concern was that I need to work with a director who knows as much about acting as directing. Michael Damian (the director) and I spent a long time on the phone with me saying, 'You know, I don't do this. This is not my day job. You understand I may need a little extra attention.' I've seen enough of Inside the Actors Studio to know that I'd depend on a director who would help me rise to the challenge."

Q: Beyond the director, why this particular movie?   Continued...

<p>Country music singer Clint Black performs at the Thalians 50th anniversary gala in Los Angeles October 8, 2005 file photo. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>