Joel Madden Following In Hilary Duff's Hollywood Footsteps

Good Charlotte singer to act in drama 'Valley of the Damned.'

PARK CITY, Utah — Joel Madden's transition from musician to actor might be a little easier than most who've walked down that path. He is, after all, dating one of the most successful young musician/actors in Hollywood.

"She'll probably help coach me along," the Good Charlotte singer said Friday (January 20), wearing an airbrushed hat that read "Hilary Duff's #1 Fan." "I really do respect her work, so she's someone who will help me when I ask her questions. I'll say, 'How did you do that?' and she'll tell me."

At the Sundance Film Festival to promote the tour documentary "Fast Future Generation," (see "Good Charlotte's 'Future' And Jennifer Aniston's 'Friends' Get Sundance Started") Madden on Friday revealed that he'll be acting in a movie called "Valley of the Damned." The gritty drama, which tells the story of a troubled young woman and her little brother, begins shooting in the spring and will be directed by Marvin Scott Jarrett, who also helmed "Fast Future Generation."

"For us, what 'Trainspotting' was to the '90s, we see 'Valley of the Damned' being to this decade," said Jarrett, who has formed a production company with Madden and his bandmate brother, Benji. "To me, 'Trainspotting' was everything: It was a movie, it was soundtrack, even the posters that you saw — everything about it all worked together. It was a real time. That's what we want to do for this decade."


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Madden described his character, Chris, as a "spiritual kid who's trying to find the truth."

"I'm not the centerpiece of the film," he said, looking relieved. "The role I play has an important part in the film, but the main character is a girl. We don't have her yet. I'm kind of a strong supporting role."

His brother will have a supporting role too, but not onscreen. He's assembling the movie's soundtrack with Jarrett.

"To me, the 'Trainspotting' soundtrack was Iggy Pop — '70s mixed with modern-day '90s bands," Jarrett said. "Brit-pop, Blur, Richard Ashcroft. And ['Valley of the Damned' will be] a mix of '80s, like Depeche Mode-type bands, mixed with current-day bands that are influenced by that music. A lot of indie rock — Bright Eyes, Bloc Party, lots of bands that would be influenced by the '80s."

"And I'd like to put a Good Charlotte song on the soundtrack," Benji said, volunteering for some extra work.

"Yeah, maybe an exclusive song that's just for the movie," Joel agreed.

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Though the movie's leading lady is the biggest puzzle piece still missing, Joel insisted his betrothed's only involvement in the film would be as an audience member. "I have a female actress in my life, but I don't think [that means she should be in the movie]," he said, blushing (see "Hilary Duff, Joel Madden Go Public With Lovestyle Of The Rich And Famous"). "But I'm sure she'll be into it; I'm sure she'll like the film.

"The script is done," he added enthusiastically. "I'm starting with an acting coach just to get my acting up to par."

"I'm his acting coach, actually," his brother joked, cracking up the others. "He's coming along OK. He's working on his chops."

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