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1990-02-13 – Daily Press

1990 02 13 Daily_Press_Tue__Feb_13__1990_

Roger Daltry fighting for acting career

By CLIFFORD TERRY
Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Roger Daltrey
was taking a beating — a bigger
beating than his windmilling
Who colleague Pete Townshend
ever dealt out to any guitar. As
those old-time radio boxing an-
nouncers would have told their
listeners on Friday nights, the
claret was flowing.

Daltrey had taken an early
lead in the fight, but now the
tide had turned, and his Oppo-
nent was brutally pummeling
him. To get perfectly disgusting
about it all, if Roger Daltrey’s
face were a side dish, it would
_ be lingnini with red clam sauce.

The .. curly-haired, mi-
crophone-swinging lead singer

with one of the music industry' s
most popular rock groups has
now turned his attention to
building an acting career, which
was why he was in town to film
“Father Jim," the story of a
shadowy bloke (veteran British
actor Dennis Waterman) who
segues from England to Chi-
cago's South Side and who may
or may not be a priest.

In “Father Jim," he plays
Keith Gibson, a washed-up prize-
fighter in deSperate need of
money who is taking part in a
bareknuckle fight on which nu-
merous bets are being wagered.

“This scene is pretty nasty,
I’ll tell you,” Daltrey said, as he
sat in his trailer right after a
lunch break.

“See, the other guy cheats.
I’d been beating him earlier, but
then his manager slips rolls of
quarters for him to hide in his
hands. My character is trying to
make money the only way he
knows how. He came over here
six, seven years ago from Eng-
land, and got down on his luck.
He did a robbery, got down for
that, but has been straight ever
since and is trying to stay out of
trouble.”

An idol of teen-agers in the
’605 and ’70s, Daltrey himself is
now in his mid-405. At the mo-
ment, he was wearing a parka,
and on his head, backward, was
one of those 1930s caps that
Hollywood newsboys always
wore when they shouted “wux-

try!” With a solid 5-foot-6-inch
frame, Daltrey looked as if he
could easily pass for a profes-
sional featherweight-on-the-
cusp-of-lightweight.

“I’ ve had fight lessons for
this, ” he said, “but the actual
acting. I don’t think, can be
taught. You’ve either got it Or
you don't. And the camera ei-
ther loves you or hates you. It’s
as simple as that. Touch wood, it
seems to love me very much. '

“I love acting. I love all of it.
Acting is much easier than rock
performing. Much, much easier.
Less well paid, but much easier.
I love just inventing characters.
It's like painting. Starting with a
fresh canvas.”