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Harry Styles Spills the Tea on Why He Passed on Prince Eric Role

Harry Styles Spills the Tea on Why He Passed on Prince Eric Role

Harry Styles Spills the Tea on Why He Passed on Prince Eric Role

The singer and former One Direction boy bander explains why he won't be in the live-action version of The Little Mermaid.

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Despite contrary media reports, it was confirmed early last month that singer-songwriter and former One Direction member Harry Styles would NOT be taking on the role of Prince Eric in Disney's upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. While fans were saddened by the news, Styles did have his reasons for not pursuing the role, and he is finally setting the record straight about them. 

"I want to put music out and focus on that for a while," the "Sign of the Times" singer explained in a recent interview with The Face. "But everyone involved in it was amazing, so I think it’s going to be great. I’ll enjoy watching it, I’m sure."

As it turns out, this wasn't the only acting role that didn't work out in Styles's favor. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 25 year old also auditioned to play legendary musician and King of Rock Elvis Presley for an upcoming biopic by Baz Luhrmann, and was in the running alongside other popular young actors like Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, and Austin Butler (who ended up getting the part). 

"[Elvis] was such an icon for me grow­ing up," Harry told The Face. ​"There was some­thing almost sacred about him, almost like I didn’t want to touch him. Then I end­ed up get­ting into [his life] a bit and I wasn’t dis­ap­point­ed."

Like a true gentleman, there were no hard feelings, though: ​"I feel like if I’m not the right per­son for the thing, then it’s best for both of us that I don’t do it, you know?"

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Raffy Ermac

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Raffy is a Los Angeles-based writer, editor, video creator, critic, and digital director of Out Magazine. The former editor-in-chief of PRIDE, he is also a die-hard Rihanna and Sailor Moon stan who loves to write about all things pop culture, entertainment, and identities. Follow him on Instagram (@raffyermac) and Twitter (@byraffy), and subscribe to his YouTube channel

Raffy is a Los Angeles-based writer, editor, video creator, critic, and digital director of Out Magazine. The former editor-in-chief of PRIDE, he is also a die-hard Rihanna and Sailor Moon stan who loves to write about all things pop culture, entertainment, and identities. Follow him on Instagram (@raffyermac) and Twitter (@byraffy), and subscribe to his YouTube channel