Mick Jagger, whose comeback film The Burnt Orange Heresy, directed by Giuseppe Capotondi, premiered on Friday, told USA Today that he stepped away from acting due to “laziness and not getting a decent script” and not because of a lack of offers.
“I would like to have done a lot more, but it’s a funny world, film,” Jagger said. “You don’t get that many interesting things; you get a lot of rubbish offered to you that you might do if that was the only job. But I have other things to do.”
Jagger said he turned down many movies in the ’60s, just as the Rolling Stones were blowing up in the U.S. with hits like “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Honky Tonk Women” and “Paint It, Black.”
“I remember I wanted to be in A Clockwork Orange, because I loved that book,” Jagger said. “I never auditioned – I vaguely knew (director) Stanley Kubrick but he didn’t cast me.”
The Rolling Stones singer starred in about a dozen feature films and TV shows, including Performance, Faerie Tale Theatre, Freejack and The Man from Elysian Fields, in over three decades till the early 2000s, before he stepped away for close to two decades.
Jagger met Capotondi in 2018 after reading the script for Burnt Orange Heresy, which is based on Charles Willeford‘s 1971 novel.
In the movie, Jagger plays Joseph Cassidy, a British art dealer who’s the patron of a famous and reclusive painter named Jerome Debney. He enlists a washed-up art critic named James Figueras to steal one of Debney’s paintings for him.
Mick, who appears in just two scenes in the movie, told USA Today that he was drawn to the part because of his character’s dark nature and how he manipulates Figueras.
“I thought, ‘I can do something with this,’ even though there’s not a lot of screen time,” Jagger says. “[Cassidy] threatens and cajoles [Figueras] into doing something to get what he wants, which is a picture. He’s a very manipulative person and does it for his own collecting habits.”
Mick says he has not seen many films recently and the last he saw in a theater was 1917, which “I quite liked” and “was very well-made and acted.”
“If I was offered a movie to do in the autumn and it was good, I’d do it,” he said on being asked if he would act again after Burnt Orange Heresy. “Or maybe I’ll never get offered another one after this – you never know!”
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