Kenny Rogers Said Gun Scenes in ‘The Gambler’ Movie Bothered Him

by Jeremy Spirogis
Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers is finest recognized for singing the hit track “The Gambler.” Here’s what Rogers mentioned about The Gambler film and the way the gun scenes made him uncomfortable.

Kenny Rogers and ‘The Gambler’

Kenny Rogers | Paul Natkin/Getty Images
Kenny Rogers | Paul Natkin/Getty Images

Rogers performed the character Brady Hawkes in a sequence of TV films primarily based on his hit track “The Gambler.” He appeared within the sequence from the primary installment in 1980 till the ultimate one in 1994 (titled Gambler V: Playing for Keeps).

In his guide Luck or Something Like It, Rogers mentioned “The Gambler” was the track that outlined him. “Every artist prays for that one song that defines them when the public hears it,” wrote Rogers. “‘The Gambler’ was mine. If ‘Lucille’ launched this rocket, and my work with Dottie helped fuel it, ‘The Gambler’ sent it even higher.”

Kenny Rogers’ failed try at looking together with his grandfather

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Rogers was round weapons from the time he was a younger boy. He mentioned he tried to impress his grandfather sooner or later by going looking with him. His grandfather invited him to go attempting to find squirrels, however issues didn’t finish the best way he anticipated. When it was his flip to shoot a squirrel, he froze.

Rogers’ grandfather summoned him to “get some dinner,” and he knew that meant it was time to go looking. “I quickly aimed and wrapped my finger around the trigger,” wrote Rogers. “The squirrel looked up, froze in place—and so did I. I couldn’t do it.” Here’s how Rogers described that day together with his grandfather:

There was no means I might shoot an animal. It wasn’t that I had something in opposition to looking or that I didn’t love the style of meat with my meals. It was simply that I couldn’t do the capturing myself. My grandfather grabbed his gun, shot the squirrel, and headed again, simply that shortly. He was clearly disenchanted in me, and I knew it.

Kenny Rogers, ‘Luck or Something Like It’

Gun scenes in ‘The Gambler’ film made Kenny Rogers uncomfortable

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Rogers mentioned he remained uncomfortable round weapons whilst an grownup. He skilled a mishap with a gun sooner or later when his brother unintentionally shot a gun inside his residence. And years later, Rogers says he was bothered by the gun scenes in The Gambler film.

Even to at the present time, I’m not a lot of a hunter and I’ve by no means felt comfy round weapons. The solely gun I ever keep in mind proudly owning was a .22-caliber rifle. When my first spouse, Janice, and I had been married, I ended up with that gun, although I don’t know the place I acquired it. My brother Billy, who was in all probability 14 or 15 on the time, got here to spend the day at our home whereas I went to work.

While he was sitting in our lounge holding this gun, it unintentionally fired, glancing off the highest of the espresso desk and lodging itself in our neighbor’s home throughout the road. Billy was too younger to see the hazard. He was actually fearful about having scratched the espresso desk.

Kenny Rogers, ‘Luck or Something Like It’

Rogers mentioned his discomfort round weapons adopted him nicely into his profession. He needed to do gun scenes in The Gambler films, however he wasn’t comfy with the state of affairs. “Later in my profession, I needed to do a variety of gun scenes within the Gambler films,” wrote Rogers. “Even though I knew the rounds were blanks, it still bothered me.”

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