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Jagger: Empire’s a really good show

Published 08/04/2015

Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger thinks he would have been asked to cameo in Empire already if it was going to happen.

The Rolling Stones frontman produced a feature film and documentary about the singer James Brown last year. But as well as enjoying being behind the scenes on something like that, Mick likes to keep an eye on other shows that focus on music, and Fox series Empire is definitely on his radar.

“It’s been very successful and it’s great that a show about music can be that successful and it’s good for everybody. And I think it’s a really good show,” he told the Associated Press.

Empire stars Terrence Howard as hip hop mogul and former drug dealer Lucious Lyon and Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, his ex-wife who served 17 years in prison for drug dealing. The series has featured cameos from a number of high profile real life musicians, including Mary J. Blige and Snoop Dog but Mick isn’t sure if he’ll be joining them.

“I think Lee [Daniels, the show’s creator] would have asked me already,” he laughed. “But who knows? Stranger things have happened. I met Lee in Los Angeles during Oscar week and we had a nice [time], went to a couple parties. We were sort of joking around about the music-TV business.”

The 71-year-old may not be making a guest appearance on Empire, but he is working on another as-yet-unnamed TV project.

The show will be about the music scene in 1970s New York and will be produced with Martin Scorsese and written by Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter.

“I’m working on the HBO show quite a lot, and that’s in the writing stage. So we’re writing, and shooting in May, so that’s a lot on my mind,” he continued. “And there’s some projects, some film things I’m doing, so I’m quite busy with that.”

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