Thursday 27 July 2017

Harry Styles 'struggling to break Hollywood' as an actor during One Direction hiatus

Recording artist Harry Styles of music group One Direction performs onstage during 102.7 KIIS FMs Jingle Ball 2015 Presented by Capital One at STAPLES CENTER on December 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Recording artist Harry Styles of music group One Direction performs onstage during 102.7 KIIS FMs Jingle Ball 2015 Presented by Capital One at STAPLES CENTER on December 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Recording artist Harry Styles of One Direction, winner of Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group, poses in the press room during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
(left to right) Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Niall Horan of One Direction arrives on the red carpet for the BBC Music Awards at the Genting Arena, Birmingham. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
From left, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Harry Styles of One Direction arrive at the American Music Awards (Invision/AP)

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Harry Styles appears to have stars in his eyes as he sets his sights on a film career.

But while stardom came easy as part of The X Factor created boy band One Direction, he is allegedly finding it somewhat more elusive as he struggles to get his big break as an actor.

Sources close to the singer tell Britain’s Heat magazine his move into Hollywood isn’t as simple as he’d hoped.

“Harry wants to break into Hollywood, but it’s proving to be a struggle,” a friend told the publication. “He gets offered silly bit parts and cameos, but that’s not what he’s interested in.”

(left to right) Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Niall Horan of One Direction arrives on the red carpet for the BBC Music Awards at the Genting Arena, Birmingham. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
(left to right) Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Niall Horan of One Direction arrives on the red carpet for the BBC Music Awards at the Genting Arena, Birmingham. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Part of the problem could be the fact that Harry, 22, lacks any kind of formal training and reportedly isn’t taking up any acting classes, which could explain why he’s not being flooded with offers for the big roles.

“He’s not had acting classes, but he’s been around for ages and has done media training and music videos for years. He thinks he can wing it,” explained the source.

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Harry’s confidence may have been boosted by praise lavished on him by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. The Hateful Eight producer dubbed the handsome singer a “movie star” and once revealed he was keen to cast him in a film, even without an audition.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Recording artist Harry Styles of One Direction, winner of Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group, poses in the press room during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Recording artist Harry Styles of One Direction, winner of Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group, poses in the press room during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

“When you meet him, he’s super-charismatic, I think the guy is a movie star. We offered him a part and he couldn’t do the movie because he had the tour,” Harvey previously told Britain’s The Sun newspaper.

Harry’s foray into acting hasn’t been given the warmest welcome. After it was announced he will be working with Batman director Christopher Nolan on his new film Dunkirk, one critic claimed his presence in the movie would be annoying to the director’s fans.

Earlier this month, rumours he was set to star in U.S. TV show Scream Queens were publicly shot down.

“Sorry for any confusion, but as much as we love @harry_styles he will not be joining the cast of #ScreamQueenscast”, read a tweet posted on the show’s official Twitter account.

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