Handsome, muscular Australian dancer turned actor, with thick, dark hair and a playfully boyish and naughty manner. Mercurio danced and trained with the West Australian Ballet Company and later the Au...
After Daft Punk was a no-show for the The Colbert Report's Colbchella concert series, Colbert made up for the lack of robot-masked musicians with a cameo-infused dance party to Daft Punk's song of the summer "Get Lucky." While we were giddy watching Colbert jam out with a slew of celeb favorites, we did wonder when exactly Colbert got ear that Daft Punk was canceling considering how this "last-minute" replacement bit obviously needed a whole lot of prep-time. And considering that Colbert was able to nail Robin Thicke as a substitute for Daft Punk, it became evident that some prior planning must've went down.
Well, Stephen Colbert revealed that about a month leading up to Daft Punk's scheduled performance, he and his team of writers were forced to circumvent the artists' unwillingness to perform or even talk during their appearance on The Colbert Report. In an interview on Paul Mercurio's podcast, Colbert disclosed how despite Daft Punk's refusal to perform, he refused to cancel. He shared how he not only intended to perform a six-minute monologue while Daft Punk remained silent and simply nodded their robot-heads in response – riffing on how they refused to sing – but also planned on a few jokey lines.
Colbert shared, "I wish we could have done this joke. It was: 'Paul [Hahn, their manager], can I ask you -- how do I even know it's them in the robot outfits, how do I even know it's them?' And he goes, 'Stephen, if it wasn't really them, they'd be doing the song.'"
So, since the "robots" were not cool with joking about their lack of a performance, Colbert filmed a star-studded video jamming to "Get Lucky," recruiting Hugh Laurie, Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Bryan Cranston, and even Jimmy Fallon to boogie along with him. In addition, the Comedy Central host shot Robin Thicke performing his smash "Blurred Lines" to "save the day" since Daft Pink's appearance would be a silent one. However, it was only a day prior to Daft Punk's set arrival to NYC that Colbert learned about their previously hush-hush VMA performance and MTV Networks disapproval of having Daft Punk on both programs. Colbert said he was "confident it would work out," but mere hours before the show, Daft Punk's team pulled the plug on their appearance.
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So, there you have it! The mystery of Colbert's celebrity-jam-packed dance party is closed. But we are left with this question: do you feel betrayed that Colbert's dance party was planned far in advanced? Sound off in the comments below!
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Director Baz Luhrmann has vowed to leave "no stone unturned" as he kicks off a massive search for talented new stars to take the lead roles in a stage adaptation of his 1992 film Strictly Ballroom. The Moulin Rouge! moviemaker is turning his dance film into a stage show in his native Australia, and he is urging aspiring theatre stars to get in touch during the casting process.
Luhrmann hopes the nationwide search for the lead roles of Scott and Fran, made famous by Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice in the movie, will uncover future Aussie superstars.
Speaking during the announcement of Strictly Ballroom: the Musical in Sydney, Australia this week (beg05Aug13), the director told reporters, "I'm from a small country town and we had just 11 houses in that town, so if there's some kid out there in a small country town with 11 houses in it, then please write, go to the website. There will be no stone left unturned in the search for the best Scott and Fran.''
The musical will open at Sydney's Lyric Theatre on 25 March (14). Luhrmann had previously wanted to launch the show this September (13), but the project was put on hold due to delays filming his last big screen offering, The Great Gatsby.
The 82 year old passed away in Melbourne, Australia after suffering complications during an operation to treat a chest aneurysm.
Mercurio confirmed the sad news and remembered his father in a statement, which reads, "He was a larger-than-life bloke. He was passionate. He was driven. He had a great, a wonderful confidence... he was a pain in the a**e quite often because of that and yet he lived with such fervour that he was magnetic."
American-born Gus Mercurio rose to fame after moving Down Under and swapping his job as a professional boxer for a role on camera. He starred in many Australian TV shows and a number of movies throughout his long-running career, including Crocodile Dundee II and Lightning Jack with Paul Hogan.
Mercurio is survived by his partner and six children.
Founded own ballet company, the Australian Choreographic Ensemble (ACE)
Toured in both Australia and abroad with the Sydney Dance Company
Danced with the West Australian Ballet Company and later attended the Australian Ballet School
Appeared on US TV when he danced with the Sydney Dance Company in "Boxes: With the Sydney Dance Company", aired on PBS station as part of the series, "Great Performances"
Grew up in Fremantle on the west coast of Australia
Commissioned by ABC-TV to choreograph a dance film, "Envy"; part of a series which aired during the summer on Australian TV, "Seven Deadly Sins"
Made feature film debut in the leading role of the Australian dance-oriented musical romance, "Strictly Ballroom"
Made silent cameo appearance in Stephan Elliot's "Welcome to Woop Woop"
Made US feature film debut in a leading role in the comedy, "Exit to Eden"
Co-founded a production company, Feel Good Films; first undertaking was a documentary, "Life's Burning Desire", about the presentation of Mercurio's first work with the ACE and his making of "Strictly Ballroom" (date approximate)
Handsome, muscular Australian dancer turned actor, with thick, dark hair and a playfully boyish and naughty manner. Mercurio danced and trained with the West Australian Ballet Company and later the Australian Ballet School before joining the prestigious Sydney Dance Company, touring with them from 1982 to 1992. One of the company's performances, "Boxes", was recorded for US TV and aired on PBS's "Great Performances" in 1986.
Mercurio established his own ballet company, the Australian Choreographic Ensemble (ACE) in 1992, and while he was creating the outfit's first presentation, began to attract incredible media attention with his leading role in his first feature. "Strictly Ballroom" (1992), a fairly conventional but zestfully presented tale of a rebel hoofer and his search for a partner who can match his dynamic but unconventional style. It also did so well on the US art-house circuit that Mercurio was invited to star in a Hollywood film, but "Exit to Eden" (1994), aiming to be a titillating comedy set on an island resort for those eager to try sadomasochistic sex, was roundly spanked by critics, mass audiences and SM practitioners alike.