The Wayne's World movie maker cast the pop singer in the role of Joplin in THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JANIS after her 12-year-old daughter suggested the GOD IS A DJ hitmaker.
Spheeris enthuses, "She's got Janis' spirit, and sometimes I even think about reincarnation, I swear, because it's so close to home.
"I know that sounds weird, but I think about that when I look at the work that Pink can do."
Despite initial concerns about Pink's lack of acting experience - who had only cameod in Charlie's Angels: FULL THROTTLE - Spheeris knew she had found her Joplin during Pink's screen test.
Spheeris says, "It's pretty awesome. Inevitably the people that look at it say, 'Oh my God, I just got chills.'
"The kids' music that she does, it doesn't show her real voice. Pink's got the most awesome voice I've heard outside of Janis Joplin."19/04/2004 17:05