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Jason Lee Fakes The Funk On `Memphis Beat'

Jason Lee looks like he sings on TNT's new cop series, <I>Memphis Beat,</I> but he admits he's faking a little bit of the funk. Photo courtesy of TNT.

Jason Lee looks like he sings on TNT's new cop series, Memphis Beat, but he admits he's faking a little bit of the funk. Photo courtesy of TNT.

Monday, June 7, 2010 0:39 GMT

NEW ORLEANS (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Jason Lee may have solid acting chops, but his singing voice isn’t exactly breathtaking.

The former My Name Is Earl star plays an Elvis- loving cop on the new TNT drama, Memphis Beat, premiering June 22.

His character moonlights as a soul singer, which means Lee gets to perform musical numbers.

But while he actually plays guitar on the show, Lee admits he has to fake some of the funk on stage.

His voice “didn’t quite cut it” so a professional singer had to step in and record the vocals for the performance scenes.

Although Lee wishes his pipes could hack it, he’s not offended by the dubbing.

He’s more focused on making it all seem realistic, and as long as it looks like he’s singing onscreen, he’s happy.

Lee says he’s been getting into character by listening to tons of Elvis and learning all about The King’s legendary life.

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