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Jason Lee corrects misconceptions about ‘Memphis Beat’

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

HollywoodNews.com: Jason Lee would like to correct misconceptions about his June 22-debuting TNT “Memphis Beat” series – which a number of critics have already referred to as the best of this summer’s crop of new TV offerings.

First, “People started talking about this show as being about a cop who’s an Elvis impersonator, but that’s not what it is. We’re taking a very, very sincere approach, absolutely without being silly or gimmicky,” he says.

Lee, clean-shaven and looking much different from his mustachioed Earl Hickey persona in “My Name is Earl,” plays a dyed-in-the-wool Memphian who is passionate about his city and his music, and who is cop and who does go out and perform at night. “It’s a massive release for him,” he says. And for Lee himself, “It’s great, it’s fantastic performing ‘Love Me Tender’ with a guitar onstage. It’s really special. It feels comfortable.”

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