April 22, 2009 / 9:46 PM / 10 years ago

Cyndi Lauper urges Susan Boyle to take film role

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Cyndi Lauper says it would be “fantastic” if British singing sensation Susan Boyle accepted an offer to be in a planned film starring the U.S. pop singer and actress Tippi Hedren.

"Britain's Got Talent" contestant Susan Boyle returns to her home in Blackburn in West Lothian, Scotland April 21, 2009. REUTERS/David Moir

Susan Boyle, at 47, became one of the world’s hottest celebrities virtually overnight after her rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” on “Britain’s Got Talent” this month with the clip already viewed around 50 million times on YouTube.

Lauper and Hedren are due to start work on dramatic comedy “Section B,” a tale about Baby Boomers who put their lives on hold to chase their dreams. The film also stars Queen Emily David, a finalist on “America’s Got Talent.”

The film’s director Darla Rae has asked Boyle to appear in the film and sing a duet with David.

“That’s great, that’s fantastic,” Lauper said when told by Reuters about the offer to Boyle, a Scottish spinster with untamed hair and a plain-spoken manner.

“I think she’s a kick. I really like her,” said Lauper.

“She stated very clearly ‘I always wanted to sing in front of a large audience’ and as soon as she did she said ‘thank you’ and left, “ she added. “She wasn’t really interested in what they had to say. She did what she wanted to do and that was sing. That’s what wonderful singers are like.”

Lauper was being interviewed for her latest film “Here and There,” which stars her husband David Thornton and in which she has a small role. The movie premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival this week.

Rae said in a statement on the website of her company Film It Productions, www.film-itproductions.com, that she has offered Boyle a role in “Section B.”

“Susan studied at Edinburgh Acting School in the early ‘90s but was forced to leave and care for her sick mother. I’d love to help her finally realize her dream of being an actress! We’ve even sent offers through the local pub manager where Susan Boyle sings Karaoke,” Rae said.

Boyle has appeared on Larry King Live in the United States and in countless newspaper and Internet articles.

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