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Rascal Flatts Happy to Explore Opportunities Beyond Country Music

Rascal Flatts Las Vegas residency 2016
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Rascal Flatts have big dreams in the entertainment industry, which extend far beyond concert stages and album sales. Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney have caught the acting bug, and are being given more and more opportunities to share their creative talents beyond their country music career.

“Who doesn’t like to sit in a room and play pretend with a bunch of other adults? It’s a wonderful thing to be a part of,” DeMarcus recently shared with The Boot and other reporters of acting. “I haven’t really tried to force any doors open — they’ve just opened through friendships, or naturally or organically or whatever. So, when they make sense and we have time to do other things, then I love to do it, but Flatts is always the priority, and obviously the most important thing career-wise.”

DeMarcus doesn’t want to stray too far from his musical roots, though. The musician is trying his hand at scoring music for an upcoming movie, Will Gardner, and hopes he can take part in similar opportunities in the future.

“It’s fun to just have other outlets to dabble in and try to see if you’re any good at other things,” DeMarcus says. “I’ve never scored a full feature before; I’ve done short things here and there, and a couple of TV things, but that’s something that I’ve discovered, through the process, that I really, really love and enjoy. It’s painting with an empty canvas, and not trying to stay within the parameters of a certain genre.

“It’s been really fun for me to try that and find out that it’s something I really, really love,” he continues. “I think all of us have different things that allow us and afford us the opportunity to have other creative outlets. And I think it’s also healthy, because it keeps us fresh when we come back together as well.”

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DeMarcus has produced musical projects before — in fact, he produced Rascal Flatts’ newest album, Back to Us — but he’s also trying his hand at movie producing. The 46-year-old is involved with the film All Shook Up, a true story about two young boys who went on a quest to find a thermonuclear bomb buried in the marsh off the Georgia coast during the Russian Cold War.

“The film is based in the ‘50s, so the soundtrack will obviously be ‘50s-influenced music,” shares DeMarcus. “I didn’t know it was a true story at the time, when I read it, and I kind of freaked out … So the story is a coming-of-age [story] … This story is about these two lifelong friends that journey out every summer to try and find this bomb, and how their friendship is forged in the pursuit of that.”

Rascal Flatts are currently headlining their own Las Vegas residency, A Night to Shine, at the Venetian. The shows will run through Oct. 21. More information on all of their upcoming shows is available on their website.

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