Did You Know: Prince Was Not the Studio’s First Choice for ‘Purple Rain’

This week’s Did You Know is dedicated to the memory of the icon, the legendary genius, Prince.

In 1984, Prince would star in his first feature film, Purple Rain. Purple Rain was a semi-biopic of the musician’s life. The film centered The Kid (Prince) who is a talented but troubled frontman of a band (The Revolution). The Kid struggles to make new music and see eye to eye with his band. When the Kid is in search of a new singer, Apollonia comes in and a rival frontman (Morris Day) fight over her. The film was a huge success. It grossed $68,392,977 in the U.S. and even won an Academy Award in 1985 for Best Music, Original Song Score. Though, the film was Prince’s idea and he also made all the music for it, Warner Bros., who released the film, wanted another actor to play the role of The Kid. Who as that actor?…


None other than John Travolta.

John Travolta had already made a name for himself both the film and music industry. With movies like Grease and Saturday Night Fever, Travolta had proved that he was the full package. He had the chops to sing and the of course, he had the moves, but could you imagine Travolta singing “Purple Rain” or humping the floor during “Darling Nikki”?

Warner Bros. ultimately chose to go with Prince and the rest was history.



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