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Grammy-winning musician Lenny Kravitz has been in the public eye since 1989, but he waited until just last year to pursue his secret passion -- acting -- in a serious way. For his small role as a hospital nurse in the Oscar-nominated Precious, Kravitz received good reviews and recognition. Now, he's ready for something bigger.
"I did theater when I was younger and it was part of my life," Kravitz told MTV News on Oscar night. Regarding Precious, he added, "It was the right script, the right time, the right director and the right role. And now I've started and I'm going to do more."
The singer-songwriter, 45, has announced that he will have a key role in Precious director Lee Daniels' next movie, Selma, a drama which will focus on the civil rights movement in Selma, Ala., in the early 1960s. Kravitz will be playing pastor Andrew Young, a leader in the movement who worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King and started a campaign to get Southern African-Americans to vote.
For Selma, Kravitz will join an A-list cast that already includes Robert De Niro and Hugh Jackman. But in case you think the rocker (and hilarious member of Jimmy Kimmel's Handsome Men's Club) has put aside music entirely, his next album -- Negrophilia -- is due out later this year.
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