Hannah Montana film says ‘no thanks’ to Dolly Parton


Dolly Parton just got quite a slap in the face from the producers of the upcoming “Hannah Montana” film. They’d asked her if she’d reprise her role as Aunt Dolly, and she excitedly accepted. They didn’t say anything else to her, and lo and behold once the script came out, Parton discovered she wasn’t included.

It’s all over the Internet that Dolly Parton will be in the upcoming “Hannah Montana” movie, but Parton says she didn’t make the cut. “I’m not in the movie,” she said. “I wish I had been.”

According to Parton, producers had asked her early on if she would revisit her recurring TV role as Aunt Dolly in the film, due out April 10, starring teen sensation Miley Cyrus.

“I said I would love to! I assumed that they were gonna be writing me a part,” she said in a recent interview.

But her character was not included in the script.

Even though she’s disappointed, Parton said little kids still come up to her all the time, saying “Hi, Aunt Dolly!” The 63-year-old singer called doing the TV show “probably the best move” she’s ever made, since it introduced her to an entire new generation.

Parton is now blogging on her Web site and is active on her Facebook and MySpace pages.

“I feel like I came from the dark ages into the light ages. When I first started out, we didn’t even have electricity,” she said. “I was singing on TV before we even owned one. Now here I am in this high tech world. I don’t even know half of what the stuff means. But I’m on it.”

[From Pantagraph.com]

That stinks about not being included in the film, but at least Parton was able to take something good away from it. She has a vivacious, upbeat, infectious personality, and I’m not surprised that young kids would still get a kick out of her. It’s definitely been a good career move, all in all.

I can’t imagine why the “Hannah Montana” producers cut her part. Dolly seems like a consummate professional who people would want to work with. It’s probably nothing personal and came down to the film’s length or some other technical or business issue. Nonetheless… let’s hope the producers at least send an apology her way.

Here’s Dolly filming a music video on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 4th. Header with Miley Cyrus in 2006. Images thanks to WENN.

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  1. Antony says:

    She’s a big girl. She’ll get over it I’m sure.

  2. Ally says:

    I’m not a country fan generally, but I love Dolly Parton. She’s an amazing singer, songwriter and a class act. A real role model.

    I just watched “9 to 5″ again the other night — love that movie & her in it!

    This just proves that the Cyruses are even dumber than we thought. Probably Daddy Cyrus is hoping to eke a hit our from his appearance in the movie, and didn’t want any competition.

  3. Rreedy says:

    DOlly is that rare thing in show business: she’s a LADY.

  4. Dorothy says:

    9 to 5 is fantastic still stands the test of time!

  5. Dorothy says:

    I think Dolly might be skinner than Hannah Montana !

  6. Ron says:

    Love dolly, but she seriously looks like a drag queen in the pics in that pink get up–her hands look huge in those photos. That is quite the look there.

  7. jane says:

    I thought Dolly was Miley’s godmother. I have a little cousin who is crazy about Hannah Montana- according to her, she’s her mentor as well. I don’t know how true any of it is though, but Dolly Rocks!

  8. Maritza says:

    I demand they rewrite that script and include Dolly! How dare they leave her out!

  9. Baholicious says:

    WHAT?? Okay, seriously, who do I have to duke it out with?

    Pistols at dawn…

  10. manda says:

    omg, am totally going to see if I can friend or fan Dolly on facebook right now!!

  11. doodahs says:

    Dolly is fantastic. I agree with the infectious personality comment. I always love watching her!

  12. Sixxkitty says:

    I wish she had made the cut… She’s one of the best in that show! lol :)

  13. Codzilla says:

    Dolly’s too good for that crap, anyway.

  14. Bodhi says:

    :lol: me too manda!! I love Dolly!

    The Disney Machine & the Cyrus family are more stupid than I thought possible! WHY would they boot DOLLY PARTON from the movie?! Total asshat move

  15. KateNonymous says:

    Dolly has always had a flashy look, but anyone who has paid the slightest bit of attention has seen that underneath that, she’s always been a class act. Miley Cyrus could learn a lot from her.

  16. Diva says:

    Dolly is the best!

    I don’t think it was a very bright move to not have her in the movie. But it was a downright f*cked up move to ask her to be in it then not write her in.

    Disney sucks. Although, I love Dumbo.

  17. Darlene says:

    I love her so much. What a class act. She can do better than Hannah Montana anyway.


  18. Trashaddict says:

    I should live so long as to see where Miley is when she’s Dolly’s age.
    Miley who????

  19. Jenna says:

    I’m sure it’s the other way around. After appearing on that show she decided to ‘Eff that’. Dolly is much too good for that show and or movie.

  20. dovesgate says:

    Dolly has always been one of a kind in show business. She’s honest, funny, beautiful (even in that drag queen getup – which she makes fun of herself). The people making the Hannah Montana movie are incredibly stupid for not including someone who would help boost their revenue from all ages who would go see Dolly in a movie.

  21. Brandy says:

    Psha. Dolly has more talent in her little pinkie than Miley ever will. I’m sure she was the only worthwhile part of the first crap-tastic Hannah Montana film.

  22. Phat girl says:

    I shure luv’s me some Dolly Parton. Favorite Dolly quote from an interview..

    “Does it bother you when people call you a dumb blonde?”

    Dolly “Not really, because I know deep down that I’m not really dumb……. or really blonde either”

    Take notes Disney, now that’s class.