George Michael ‘pulled out’ of leading role in Four Weddings and a Funeral
His greatest hits are set to be the soundtrack to film Last Christmas – but it is not the late George Michael’s first brush with the romantic comedy genre.
A friend of the star has revealed the singer was once lined up for a leading role in Richard Curtis movie Four Weddings and a Funeral.
The singer was approached for a part in the 1994 hit as well as providing some of the music.
But the pal said he pulled out as the time “wasn’t quite right” and he wanted to focus on his own music.
They said: “The role was for a gay character and he was incredibly flattered to be asked but decided against it. Likewise providing the music.
“It’s amazing that years later George’s music is finally centre-stage of a film. He would have loved it.”
Last Christmas, in cinemas on November 15, was co-scripted by Emma Thompson, who also stars, alongside Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding, who was in Crazy Rich Asians.
Thompson wanted to make a film inspired by George’s song Last Christmas and in 2013 she even visited him at his London home, where he gave her his blessing.
Emma said: “The wisdom and emotional scope of George’s lyrics have always amazed me.”
The soundtrack, released on November 8, features three Wham! songs including Last Christmas and Everything She Wants as well as 12 of George’s tracks from his solo years.
There is even a new track – This Is How (We Want You To Get High) – which has never been heard before.
Music insiders say they have high hopes for the album – and many of the singer’s fans hope it could even land Michael with a posthumous Christmas number one, something he has never achieved.
Last Christmas peaked at two back in 1984, as Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas kept it off the top spot.
Four Weddings and A Funeral featured Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Kristin Scott Thomas and Rowan Atkinson.
Wet Wet Wet recorded Love Is All Around for the soundtrack and stayed at Number 1 for 15 weeks.
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