Kenny Rogers Made His Big Screen Debut 38 Years Ago This Week
Did you know The Gambler became The Race Car Driver in the film Six Pack in 1982?
When you think of musical great Kenny Rogers, you likely picture him on-stage with a microphone and a smile. Perhaps you picture him trading verses with friend and collaborator Dolly Parton. Or maybe you can almost hear his smooth vocals filling up the space in your college dorm room as you unpacked your belongings and cranked up The Gambler on your record player. (Okay, you definitely stopped unpacking said belongings for a bit and took a dance break.)
We're guessing you don't think of the country star sporting casual sneakers and a racing fire suit as you see him in the above picture, on set for the movie Six Pack. After many made-for TV movies, this role gave Rogers his big screen debut. As a recent piece on country music website Taste of Country jogged our memory, Rogers starred in this oft overlooked comedy that was released 38 years ago this week on July 16, 1982.
In the movie, Rogers plays the lead role of Brewster Baker, a struggling race car driver who accidentally finds himself cavorting with a group of six orphans. With plenty of laughs and much drama along the way, the PG-rated movie is ideal for a sports-loving group of kids and kids at heart alike. Happily for fans of Rogers' music, the movie's soundtrack includes his critically-acclaimed 1982 single, "Love Will Turn You Around," along with music performed by fellow country crooners like Merle Haggard, Crystal Gayle, Tanya Tucker, Alabama, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, among others.
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We're looking forward to exploring the silver screen side of one of our favorite country artists, and we think digging into his first big screen movie is an excellent place to start.
Let us know: Have you seen Six Pack? What's your favorite Kenny Rogers movie?