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TNN to air Greenwood biopic

TNN to air Greenwood biopic

Lee Greenwood, the once-popular country singer who lately has been dwelling in the career purgatory of headlining his own theater in Pigeon Forge, is set for a popularity—or at least visibility—surge this summer.

First, his biggest hit, “God Bless the U.S.A.,” a highly-original, look-Ma-no-copyright-violation reworking of the sentiments of “God Bless America,” only with less subtlety, will, as usual, be prominently featured as a sing-along during this summer’s Republican convention.

The GOP hauls out the Greenwood number every four years as part of continuing efforts to appear more patriotic than Bill Clinton, Al Gore, or, for that matter, the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

But the main Greenwood coup is news that The Nashville Network is about to begin production on a biopic of Greenwood, starring actor Verne Troyer.

Troyer, who is best known for his role as Mini-Me in last summer’s hit movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, landed the role after an audition in which, sources say, he eerily recreated Greenwood’s trademark lizard-of-the-’70s vibe.

“Verne Troyer is Mr. Summer,” said a TNN publicist. “He was in the biggest movie of last summer, and we’re confident that he, along with the magic of Lee Greenwood, will draw a large and appreciative audience for TNN’s The Lee Greenwood Story.”

There was no word from Greenwood on whether he was happy with the choice of the 2-foot-8-inch actor to portray him in the movie. Greenwood, who works an eight-shows-a-day schedule in Pigeon Forge, including a 6 a.m. breakfast-bar show populated by elderly insomniacs, was unavailable for comment, although one source said he had been hoping the role would go to Robert Urich.

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