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Baz Luhrmann talks to Newsweek about being a guest judge tonight on “Dancing With the Stars” Luhrmann, the sexy director of such films as Moulin Rouge, Australia and Strictly Ballroom as well as La Boheme on Broadway, steps in as a guest judge on Dancing With the Stars tonight so Newsweek’s Pop Vox did a little Q&A with him.

Did I ever mention I have a mad crush on Baz? I chatted with him a few times during the awards season when Moulin Rouge was nominated way back in 2002 and boy, he just exudes sex appeal.

Anyway, here are a few of his answers to some questions from Newsweek’s Nicki Gostin:

Why did you decide to be a judge on Dancing With the Stars?
Actually, well first of all it’s fun. The show is fun. But more importantly, a lot of people in the U.S. don’t know that Strictly Ballroom was the inspiration for the original BBC version which then was the inspiration for Dancing With the Stars. It’s called Strictly Come Dancing in Britain and Disney is re-releasing the DVD of Strictly Ballroom in the U.S. early next year so this is part of me linking the disc to the show.

Do you watch Dancing with the Stars?
I have watched it a lot more recently, now that I’m boning up on how to be a judge. I’m sure I’ll be a terrible judge and probably give everyone a nine.

Are you going to score?
Score as in…I don’t know, I’m a bit old for that but I’ll give it a go.

I didn’t mean hit on someone. I meant hold a paddle.
You know what? I don’t really know. I said, ‘Look I’ll go in, I’ll participate, it’ll be fun.’

Do you think Nicole Kidman or Hugh Jackman would go on Dancing With the Stars?
I don’t know. I think the thing about all these shows is that they are fantastic arenas of popular culture. Dance is a joyous thing. Seeing a kung fu wrestler dancing, there’s something incredibly human and wonderful about that, and everyone has an opinion about what constitutes good and bad dancing.

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