Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones has revealed he was asked to audition for the lead role of Christian in Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 film Moulin Rouge.

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Talking to Radio X‘s Dan O’Connell this week, Jones said he was “asked to audition for Moulin Rouge back in the 90s.”

“I didn’t go though,” he said, adding: “I think that was part of Ewan [McGregor]. That’s what I was led to believe at the time. I just remember my manager calling me and singing Hollywood on the phone, but I didn’t notice.”

When asked why he didn’t pursue auditioning, Jones said, “I mean, I didn’t even know what I was doing in the music industry at the time, let alone the film industry!”

It comes as Jones unveiled his new project, Far From Saints, for which he has teamed up with Patty Lynn and Dwight Baker of Austin band The Wind And The Wave. The trio released their first single, ‘Let’s Turn This Back Around’, on January 20, with an as-yet-untitled album to follow.

In the same Radio X interview, Jones assured Stereophonics fans that the band is not breaking up and that this new project is just “a little vacation”. “There’s no breakup with the band or anything,” he explained. “For me, after 25 years of doing all our work, it’s like I want to show other sides of what I want to try creatively.”

“But there is no fear of that [Stereophonics are] not coming back and doing what we do,” he continued. “You know, I’ve got a bunch of songs that I have for that, but I’ll keep them in my back pocket until we’re ready to do it again.”

Jones isn’t the only band member to branch out into other work, with guitarist Adam Zindani releasing his first solo single ‘What About Love’ last October. At the time, Zindani also announced that he would be releasing his first solo LP, due for release in early 2023.

Stereophonics released their latest album ‘Oochya!’ in March last year, previewed by the singles ‘Hanging On Your Hinges’, ‘Right Place Right Time’, ‘Forever’ and ‘Do Ya Feel My Love?’.

Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge starred Ewan McGregor as Christian and Nicole Kidman as Satine, the film’s star character. The film grossed $179.2 million (£144 million) at the box office and won its cast and crew a number of awards, including Best Director at the Critics Choice Awards and Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical at the Golden Globes.

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