Retro Rewind: Usher Stars In…’The Faculty’

Published: Saturday 30th Apr 2016 by David
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Welcome to Retro Rewind, the TGJ original feature carved out to take you on a journey to TV and Film’s glorious past.

Today, as the icon continues to build his eighth studio album, Usher‘s role in 1998’s ‘The Faculty’ is spotlighted and celebrated for the part it played in turning the entertainer into a household name.

Released on December 25th 1998, the movie tells the horrific tale of a high school which holds a dark and deadly secret….its faculty is being controlled by aliens.

Perhaps a “fresh” take on Wanger’s ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’, the project was fronted by Elijah Wood (‘Lord of the Rings’) Salma Hayek, Josh Hartnett and the fresh-faced chart “slaying” R&B newbie that was Usher.

Only four years removed from his self-titled album at the time, the singer was sought out by Miramax Films who were keen to use his pulling power to magnetise his music loving audience.

Did it work?

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The release would lead the way for the performer’s roles in the movie ‘She’s All That’, ‘Light It Up’ and 2001’s ‘Texas Rangers‘, in which he starred alongside Ashton Kutcher.

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  1. Taylor swifts number 1 fan!!! April 30, 2016

    I love this movie!

  2. BEYSTAN_ SINCE 1997 April 30, 2016

    Wow! Talk about a 90’s teen classic!
    #Nastalgic

  3. PeaceMaker April 30, 2016

    It’s so sad that, He has to result to leaking nudes of himself to get attention these days.

  4. Kyle April 30, 2016

    Wowwww I remember seeing this movie in theaters! I loved pop/movie culture in the late 90’s. This movie stands as one of my all time favorite thrillers.

  5. zeroing ivy bloper tran anti girl lemond time April 30, 2016

    Nice movie and saw this movie two months ago cool 90’s movie

  6. MATTY April 30, 2016

    STARS??? he was in like 2 scenes. i still watch this movie! one of my favorites!! he sucked in it tho!! laura harris and mr.Hartnett tho!! top frakking notch!!

  7. Ciah’s Turtle May 2, 2016

    lol I liked the movie. This and ‘Light it Up”

  8. qwerty May 10, 2016

    usher looking dope as always

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