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Zeta-Jones helps Charlotte get film role

Jan 11 2006

Karen Price, Western Mail


THE connection between Catherine Zeta-Jones and Charlotte Church already goes a long way back thanks to their association with the Children's Hospital for Wales.

Now it looks likely that the Hollywood star and the teenage singer may work together on a new film.

Catherine has invited Charlotte - who was last night nominated for a Brit award as Best Female - to sing the theme song for her new film Coming Out, which is currently in pre-production.

She has also offered the 19-year-old a cameo role too.

The movie, which will be produced by the Oscar-winning Swansea actress and her brother David A Jones, will star X Men actor Alan Cumming as a gay cabaret star forced to train a Welsh rugby team after their original trainer, his father, dies.

Catherine, who will also star in the film, asked Cardiff-born Charlotte to sing the theme tune and has offered her a cameo role.

"Catherine sees Charlotte as a younger version of herself," said an insider on the film.

"She thinks she's incredibly talented and really wants her on board."

It won't be Charlotte's first time in front of a movie camera.

Two years ago the Crazy Chick singer starred in the film I'll Be There with Craig Ferguson and Imelda Staunton.

But although it was considered a flop, Charlotte's acting showed promise and her close connections with Catherine mean she may well be tempted by the offer.

Catherine and Charlotte struck up a friendship after both being made patrons of the Noah's Ark Appeal, which raised money to build the Children's Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

Just over three years ago, both women donned tracksuits and joined Ian Botham on a leg of his mammoth walk through Wales to raise funds for the project.

The smiling women were photographed standing next to each other as they completed a stretch of the walk in South Wales.

Since then, Catherine, who won her Oscar two years ago for her role in Chicago, has been offering Charlotte some career advice.

Just a few weeks ago she said the singer's Welsh accent could prove bad for her career.

She warned Charlotte should drop the Cardiff edge off her accent if she ever wanted to make it in Hollywood.

Catherine revealed that her own Mumbles lilt proved a major drawback early on in her pursuit of major roles.

The 36-year-old, who today rarely speaks in public in her full-blown Welsh accent, said, "She's going to have to have to disguise her accent, because there aren't many movies for Welsh lasses."


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