In 1992, the Pure country the actors transported everyone back in time with their dramatic musical film. And what made it even more interesting was that it featured one of the most prominent country singers in history – George Strait. He was one of the incredibly amazing actors who brought the characters from Pure country to life alongside Lesley Ann Warren and Isabel Glasser.
Unfortunately, Pure country didn’t do so well in theaters and only grossed over $ 15 million. While this could certainly count as a fanservice movie for those who love George Strait, it wasn’t exactly very sympathetic to the mainstream. But while it didn’t capture hearts as a movie, it did get the best-selling soundtrack. It also went on to become one of George Strait’s best-selling albums. And so it’s safe to say it’s always been a hit.
And now, after 29 years, let’s look back at all the actors and characters who made this movie what it is today.
George Strait (Wyatt “Dusty” Chandler)
Taking the reins of the main character Dusty, George Strait is like him in the film – a country superstar. And in this seemingly autobiographical reverie, Dusty lost sight of who he was and his music after his newfound fame overwhelmed and swept him away. And the film portrays his struggles to find his true identity.
Pure country was George Strait’s first acting role at 40 and a pivotal moment in his career, although his acting (as well as the whole movie) didn’t really impress audiences. This opened up other opportunities and Strait appeared in several films, including The soldier, king of the hill, and Grand Champion. The film’s soundtrack, which was also included on Strait’s album, became a hit, selling over six million copies.
Now in 2021, the King of Country is still very busy with his Strait to Vegas concert residency, which he started in 2015. And in 2017, he honored the film’s 25th anniversary by performing songs from the Pure country soundtrack.
Lesley Ann Warren (Lula Rogers)
Of course, every country star has a manager, and Lesley Ann Warren took on that role as Lula Rogers. Lula was a staunch colleague and she never failed to put her best footing for Dusty, from lasers and fumes to other explosive gadgets on her shows, though she’s also quite dictatorial. And Lesley Ann Warren definitely delivered.
Corn Pure country It wasn’t the only time the actress starred alongside a country legend. She also appeared with Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson in the 1984 film. Songwriter. She even got a Golden Globe nomination with her portrayal of Gilda in the film. But even before that, Lesley was already an accomplished Broadway actress, best known for her title role in the 1965 production Cinderella.
She continued her acting career and starred in several movies and TV series, including Secretary, Will & Grace, Desperate Housewives, Daredevil, 3 days with daddy, and more recently, 2021 All Rise. She now has a total of 132 acting credits to her name according to IMDB.
Isabel Glasser (Harley Tucker)
No movie is ever complete without a love interest. Isabel Glasser played the role of Harley Tucker, Dusty’s main lady. She’s a cowgirl whose family owns a thousand acre ranch. Many viewers appreciated her appearance in the film because it gave it a very refreshing character.
Much like Lesley Ann Warren, Isabel was already an accomplished actress before joining the cast of Pure country. And after the film, she also had the opportunity to star in other films. And although her filmography was not as long as the others, it was so remarkable that she landed a role in the popular Law & Order television series from 2000 to 2005.
Her last acting role was in 2006 with Fireflies, where she played the role of Grace. But recently, it was announced with good news that Glasser will be returning to the screen as she works on a new film titled Pellet, which is written and directed by Fred Fontana.
Kyle Chandler (Buddy Jackson)
Kyle Chandler was Dusty’s lip-syncing double Buddy Jackson and the film’s villain. His desire to become a country superstar just like Dusty drove him to desperate measures, but things didn’t end well for him. And he found himself with nothing to belong to him. And while Strait’s acting didn’t receive positive reviews except that it charmed his way, Chandler’s chops definitely shone in this movie. And oddly enough, it was only Chandler’s second movie role.
He became even more famous in the industry and appeared in many films, just like Catch 22, Bloodline, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Dark zero thirty. But the Emmy-winning actor is best known for his role as coach Eric Taylor in Friday night lights which was a hit series that ran from 2006 to 2011.
For now, Chandler is busy with his next series with Paramount. He joins the cast of Taylor Sheridan’s Mayor of Kingstown with actor Jeremy Renner.
John Doe (Earl Blackstock)
John Nommensen Duchac or professionally known as John Doe, played the role of Earl Blackstock, Dusty’s best friend and also the band’s drummer. And rightly, like Strait, Doe is a musician himself. He co-founded Los Angeles punk band X, and he’s also lent his voice (and songwriting skills) to various films. His performances and his compositions are not framed by a single genre; Instead, Doe turned to rock, punk, country and even folk.
After his stint on Pure Country, he continued to appear in various TV series such as Roswell, Law and Order, One Tree Hill, and The Wizards of Waverly Place. Doe also has several movie credits to his name.
Rory Calhoun (Ernest Tucker)
Long before taking on the role of Harley’s father, Ernest, actor Rory Calhoun already had a long and accomplished career as an actor. During the 50s until the 60s he appeared in various westerns, and he also played Marilyn Monroe’s boyfriend in the film. River of no return, released in 1951.
Sadly, the actor died years later Pure country, and his role as Ernest Tucker would be the last credits of his career.