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Dwight Yoakam Acts in ‘Panic Room’

April 2, 2002

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Country singer Dwight Yoakam, who plays a volatile burglar in the new movie ``Panic Room,″ says working in a recording studio and shooting a movie aren’t that different.

``They’re both very fragmented,″ Yoakam told reporters. ``You’ll start out with a master take, the whole band plays it, and then we start doing coverage of each instrument, and it’s very similar to filmmaking in terms of the process, time involved and the repetition of performance.″

The 45-year-old Yoakam, who played the abusive boyfriend in 1996′s ``Sling Blade,″ said his friends would never pick him to play a bad guy in the movies.

``Actors are at the mercy of the opportunities that are presented to them,″ he said. ``This was a great opportunity to work with an extremely talented filmmaker. It was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up and now I’m really thrilled that I took.″

He said of his character: ``And I didn’t look at him as bad.″

Jodie Foster and Forest Whitaker star in ``Panic Room,″ a thriller about a mother and daughter hiding from a trio of burglars in their home’s fortesslike sanctuary.

Directed by David Fincher (``Fight Club,″ ``Seven″), ``Panic Room″ took in $30.1 million to debut as the top weekend film, according to studio figures released Monday.

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