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Jessica Simpson's New Movie

Singer plays Daisy in "Dukes of Hazzard"

July 25, 2005

By ANGELA RICCIO


One of the most anticipated movies of the summer season is the big screen adaptation of the hit TV series Dukes of Hazzard.

Set in the "present day," the story follows Bo (Sean William Scott) and Luke (Johnny Knoxville) as they cruise around Hazzard County and wreak havoc in their classic 1969 Dodge charger. Together with their scantily clad cousin Daisy (Jessica Simpson) and moon shining uncle Jesse (Willie Nelson), the two "Good Ol' Boys" battle the corrupt county commissioner Boss Hog (Burt Reynolds) when he and local sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane (M.C. Gainey) threaten to take away the family farm.

Nothing seems new here, but for some reason everyone's excited to revisit these characters and the familiar theme where we just know that Bo and Luke will somehow once again outsmart sheriff Roscoe, and get away in more than one car chase.

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By far the most popular character from The Dukes of Hazzard is Daisy Duke, originally played by Catherine Bach in the TV series. Her hot shorts created the phrase "Daisy Dukes" for all female short shorts to come, and ever since they announced the making of the film version, everyone has wanted to know who would fulfill those famous Daisy Dukes.

The answer: Jessica Simpson.

Simpson, born July 10th, 1980 in Dallas, started her career at age 13 performing for Christian youth conferences.

In high school, Simpson hung with the popular crowd, and was elected Home Coming Queen at J.J. Pierce High School two years in a row.

Her marriage to fellow pop star Nick Lache spawned the popular reality TV show The Newly Weds, and Simpson's pop music career continued to flourish with hits like With You and Take my Breath Away, so her next natural progression was to the big screen where she landed the role of Daisy Duke.

"Well, for my first role, I just didn't want it to be too far fetched, and I Just thought Daisy Duke was an amazing character," Simpson told GirlsNewsDaily.com at a recent Hollywood event. "I wasn't even alive when Dukes of Hazzard was on TV, but I did see the reruns, and I'm from the South, so the accent sort of came naturally, and it's something that's very all-American girl which I really wanted."

The sexy 5'3 pop star, in great shape, talked about how she prepared for the role.

"I wanted to have a goal, or else I'd stick to my southern fried food, and Taco Bell, so I ate my last piece of chocolate cake when I found out I got the role," Simpson said. "I cut sugar out of my diet, and for the most part I eat healthy and work out for at least two hours every day."

Simpson said she just signed a merchandising deal for a "Daisy Dukes" fashion line. "We're hoping to have a line of jeans called "Daisy Bridges."

She noted the best feature about her character is "That she gets everyone out of trouble."

"People lean on Daisy to make things happen -- whether it's her sexuality or her personality."

Simpson is open to future roles with good scripts, but would "love to do romantic comedies -- the stuff that Meg Ryan and Julia Roberts do, but I also love movies that make you cry."

Dukes opens nationally on August fifth.




Angela Riccio is a Hollywood correspondent for GirlsNewsDaily.com, covering music and movies. A lover of the I Love Lucy show from an early age, Angela's interests include learning martial arts, playing musical instruments and other entertainment activities. Artists she has previously interviewed include Jennifer Lopez, Avril Lavigne and Nelly.

e-mail Angela at: StarStruckAngie@aol.com



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