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Madonna Pursued for Two Years for 'Will & Grace' Role

8 April 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Bosses of hit sitcom Will & Grace have uncovered how they nabbed Madonna to guest star on their show - they bribed her with roses. The pop superstar was the subject of a two-year pursuit on the part of the sitcom's co- executive producer Tim Kaiser - a mission that included a bribe the Material Girl couldn't resist. Kaiser laughs, "I sent a lot of flowers. Madonna loves English roses, so I began to send these fantastic arrangements." The floral fawning helped Kaiser penetrate Madonna's inner circle, although he notes, "There wasn't much interest. I was informed Madonna didn't own a television, or know Will & Grace existed. I sent tapes of appearances by Matt Damon, Michael Douglas and whatnot, and pitched how wonderful it would be for her to come on the show." But it wasn't until last November - shortly after her latest film, Swept Away, tanked - that the singer showed any true consideration. Kaiser notes, "She had one parameter. She would not play herself. She wanted to act." However, Madonna's manager, Caresse Henry, denies her client saw an opportunity to justify her acting ambition in the wake of the movie's failure. Henry insists, "She didn't do it to redeem herself," adding that the Evita star wanted a chance to "show her comedic side, because she's very funny." In the April 24 episode, Madonna plays the loopy roommate of Megan Mullally's alter ego Karen. »

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