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While many other artists are showing off their acting skills on the silver screen, R&B singer, Ne-Yo, prefers to stay focused on his music. 

Ne-Yo revealed that he turned down the chance to play the role of Martin Luther King Jr. because it conflicts with the promotion of his new album. And by conflict, we mean weight gain.

The hit-maker said that in order to play the M.L.King role, the producers asked him to gain 30 pounds. He told Britain's Sunday Dinner:

 

“They wanted to start shooting at the time my album R.E.D. comes out and wanted me to gain 30 pounds, so I couldn’t do it. I’m kicking myself but acting can’t take the place of my music. Plus, I’ve been killing myself in the gym for months preparing for this album because I wanted a complete makeover.”

 

Although Ne-Yo has appeared in films before (Red Tails, Battle: Los Angeles), he chooses to put his music first.

 

“I definitely want to do more acting but it’s got to make sense with the music.”

 

It's not everyday a pop start is asked to play the legendary MLK. This album better be good!

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