Movie moves McGraw to tears

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HE

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.

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