Movie moves McGraw to tears
grew up riding horses and roping cows but when it came to playing a cowboy in the movies, country and western singer Tim McGraw wanted no part of it.
But that is exactly what he wound up doing for Flicka because the movie about a wild girl whose ways are tamed by a feisty mustang made the ol’ cowpoke want to cry.
‘‘I said ‘No’ when the script first came. I didn’t want anything to do with it. I didn’t want to play a cowboy, being a country singer,’’ McGraw said in his trademarksouthern drawl.
‘‘But the more I read the script, the more I fell in love with it. And it made me cry and it made me laugh . . . even when I’d start rehearsing the lines with my wife (singer Faith Hill), I’d tear up and couldn’t get through it. As much as I tried to say no, I couldn’t talkmyself out of it.’’
McGraw, 39, grew up in Louisiana where he discovered at 11 he was the natural son of Tug McGraw, a famous relief pitcher for the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies.
He rose through the ranks of country singers in the 1990s to become a multi-platinum artist with hits like I Like It, I Love It and more recently, The Cowboy in Me.
In the past few years, he has widened his repertoire with a version of Elton John’s Tiny Dancer, and he hit the charts in a duet with rapper Nelly, Over and Over.