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Accidental superstar Kenny Rogers roasts himself


Kenny Rogers is either the most self-deprecating star in showbiz, or he’s a much better actor than he lets on his multitude of “Gambler” TV movies.Kenny Rogers

Despite a hugely successful career spanning more than 50 years, Rogers says he’s largely an untalented, unmotivated guy who just got lucky. Over and over again, during a hilariously revealing Q&A at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on Monday, the bearded storyteller did his very best to shoot gaping holes in his legend. To wit:

* “When I look back on my life I go, How did this happen? I’ve never been really driven, for lack of a better term. I’ve just been lucky.”
* “I don’t take it seriously.”
* “I just stumbled into all of this stuff. God forbid I don’t get up one morning. How am I gonna stumble if I don’t at least get up?”
* “I have to tell you, I’m impressed. Not with me, but with what I’ve been able to do with very little talent … You know what? I’ve made a lot of money with a bad throat.”
* “I make it a point not to write hits.”

Rogers did give himself some credit. For one, he picks hit songs as well as anyone. His secret for success? When it comes to ballads — such as “Lady” and “She Believes In Me” — “It should be a song that says everything a man would like to say and every woman would like to hear,” he said.