You might remember Donny Osmond from playing the other half of Donny and Marie, and for appearing in the classic Weird Al parody White and Nerdy. Most fans, however, would recognize him as one of the biggest teen idols of the 70s, and many of them are excited to hear about his upcoming album — the singer’s 60th — which coincides with his 50th year in show business.
To promote his work, Osmond visited Reddit to do an AMA, answering fan inquiries and addressing frequently asked questions about his life and career. The AMA thread even reveals some of the most shocking facts about Osmond, including him being a huge Star Wars fan! Here are some of the most intriguing questions asked.
Redditor tomkvideo asked, “How did you get involved in Weird Al’s White and Nerdy video, and what convinced you to do it?”
Osmond answered, “Al just called me out of the blue, and said ‘I wrote this parody called White & Nerdy and you’re the first person I thought of.’ I didn’t know if that was a compliment or an insult. But it’s one of the things I’m most proud of.”
For those who want a refresher, here is Donny’s appearance in Weird Al’s White and Nerdy.
Redditor theArnoldFans1 wrote, “You’re obviously a Disney fan. Are you looking forward to the new Star Wars by Disney and what do you think of Star Tours at Disneyland? Or if you’re not a Star Wars fan, what’s super geeky-cool about you that we don’t know? [sic]”
Donny surprisingly answered, “I’m a Star Wars fan. And interesting bit of trivia is that George Lucas used the Donny & Marie show in 1977 to help promote the release of STAR WARS. It’s actually true! I played the Mark Hamill spot. Kris Kristofferson played the Harrison Ford role. But Chewbacca, R2-D2, Darth Vader, C-3PO, and the Storm Troopers were on the show. It’s really cool.”
The same redditor wrote, “Thank you for the great work-out anthem: Make a Man Out of You from Mulan. What are your favorite work-out songs and how do you stay in shape? What exercises do you do?”
Osmond replied, “It’s all about the core these days, rather than just building muscles. As far as the songs are concerned, there’s a great album called THE SOUNDTRACK OF MY LIFE, haha! By Donny Osmond. And Bruno Mars’ UPTOWN FUNK is a great song to work out to.”
Here is Donny Osmond singing Make A Man Out Of You.
Read the rest of the AMA here.
[Image from Linda Willis/Flickr]