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Mick Jagger talks first film in two decades, 'The Burnt Orange Heresy'

Mick Jagger is not only the magnetic leader of one of the most iconic rock bands of all time – for a while, he was also a fairly prolific actor. 

From the late ’60s until the early 2000s, the Rolling Stones singer appeared in roughly a dozen feature films and TV shows, including the 1970 gangster drama “Performance,” 1980s children’s series “Faerie Tale Theatre,” and 1992 sci-fi thriller “Freejack.” But after a starring role in 2001’s “The Man from Elysian Fields” with Anjelica Huston, he curiously stepped away from acting for nearly two decades. 

It wasn’t for a lack of offers, he tells USA TODAY. 

Rather, it came down to “laziness and not getting a decent script,” Jagger says with a laugh. “I would like to have done a lot more, but it’s a funny world, film. You don’t get that many interesting things; you get a lot of rubbish offered to you that you might do if that was the only job. But I have other things to do.”

Mick Jagger returns to acting in art heist thriller

That changed in late 2018 when he met director Giuseppe Capotondi about “The Burnt Orange Heresy” (in theaters Friday in New York and Los Angeles, expanding wider through March). Based on Charles Willeford’s 1971 noir novel, the thriller follows a washed-up art critic named James Figueras (Claes Bang) who travels to the sumptuous Italian villa of greedy art collector Joseph Cassidy (Jagger). There, Cassidy offers Figueras the opportunity to interview a reclusive artist (Donald Sutherland), but on one condition: Figueras must steal a painting for him. 

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