When Joey Fatone appears on tonight’s “Dancing with the Stars,” the first thing he plans to do is apologize for his appearance.
“My beard is scruffy and nasty. I haven’t lost any weight because I’m doing this film,” explains the one-time *NSYNC member cum actor, who rushed from Rhode Island shooting on the big-screen horror flick, “Inkubus” [sic] to L.A. for a quick weekend’s worth of training.
He’ll dance with fellow former “DWTS” contestant Melissa Rycroft in the special segment.
“I always loved doing ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ Now people are going to see me dancing around with Melissa. It’s great I’m not getting judged on it. Whatever happens, happens,” says Fatone, who is releasing a new single called “Radio” today as well.
“It’s an uptempo summer jam. It’s power pop,” he says.
Joey will also be seen on the May 22 edition of Playhouse Disney’s “Imagination Movers” as a baseball player torn between his need to play in a big game and desire to be present for his son’s birthday. “His team is counting on him, and his boy is counting on him. They try different solutions, like Speedy Shoes, that don’t work out that well, but in the end, things do get resolved,” he says.
He really must be self-conscious about his weight these days, because he candidly volunteers, “I’m in no shape to be a baseball player. I look maybe like Babe Ruth back in the day.”
With nine-year-old and four-month-old daughters at home, he’s happy about doing the kiddie show. It couldn’t be much further away on the spectrum from his movie work of the moment. The currently-shooting “Inkubus” – with Robert Englund, William Forsythe and Jonathan Silverman in the cast – marks his first chiller.
“It’s a different vibe from comedy, obviously, a different kind of thing for me. It’s been awesome. I’m a huge fan of Robert Englund’s, ‘Halloween’ and all that stuff,” adds Fatone. “You know that variety is the spice of life. You’ve got to keep it fresh, keep evolving and challenging yourself.”
He plays a cop on his last night at a precinct house that’s about to be shut down. A chubby cop, apparently. And once it’s done, well, sounds like it might be time for a diet.