”According to one of my songs, I’m a charming and dangerous guy!” says Robyn Hitchcock. So it shouldn’t be a total surprise that the alt-rocker known for such gleefully loony ’80s tunes as ”Balloon Man” plays Laurent, a silver-haired ”British creep” in ”The Manchurian Candidate.” Director Jonathan Demme helmed Hitchcock’s 1998 concert film ”Storefront Hitchcock” and called him to audition. (Demme also cast R&B singer BeBe Winans as a government agent.) Hitchcock’s open to more movie gigs, but says the parts are limited: ”Brits tend to be uncles, butlers, and villains,” he says. ”We’re either very wise and reassuring, or slightly gay. I don’t know why.”
Posted August 13 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT
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