OFFSTAGE: Tim McGraw Knows How to Ruin a Scene

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Just by looking into the camera, Tim McGraw thinks he could ruin a scene. In a recent interview with the Arizona Republic newspaper in Phoenix, he said that’s the difference between being an actor and being a singer in a music video. “The toughest thing when I did my first movie was that I had spent a lot of years being in music videos where you’re always looking at the camera. That’s the one thing as an actor that you don’t want to do. You can ruin a scene by looking at the camera,” McGraw said. “So that was probably the toughest thing I had to do as an actor as opposed to a singer doing videos.” In McGraw’s video for “Highway Don’t Care,” he’s playing two parts — singer and doctor. In the performance shots, he looks into the camera. And in the doctor shots, he does not. It works perfectly for McGraw and for his pals who joined him on the tune, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban. “When [the songwriters] first played me that song, without hesitation, right off the bat, those are the two artists that I knew I wanted to put on the record,” McGraw said. “And they both jumped right in. No problem.”