Aguil­era’s bruis­ing film de­but

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TOKYO: Singer Christina Aguil­era says she learned one im­por­tant thing from her movie de­but: a dancer’s feet aren’t sexy.

The star of the new movie Bur­lesque, a song-and-dance ex­trav­a­ganza about a small-town girl try­ing to make it big, said this week she felt dou­bly chal­lenged by the act­ing and danc­ing de­mands of the lead role of Ali Rose, and she was at first in­clined to turn it down.

Aguil­era said that al­though she is ac­cus­tomed to danc­ing when she per­for ms on stage, she con­sid­ers her­self first and fore­most a singer.

“I was scared of be­ing out there with real, pro­fes­sional dancers,” Aguil­era, who has won four Grammy awards, said at a news con­fer­ence ahead of the film’s Tokyo pre­miere. “It’s harder than it looks.

“Prob­a­bly the un­sex­i­est thing is to see a dancer’s feet. Af­ter danc­ing for 17 or 18 hours a day, ev­ery day, your feet are just bruises and cal­luses.”

The movie also fea­tures Cher, who, at 64, is in her first ma­jor fea­ture-film role since 1999’s Tea With Mus­solini. – Sapa-AP

SCARED: Christina Aguil­era

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