The movie Purple Rain was released in theaters July 27, 1984. The Last Dragon will forever be connected with Prince’s first film not just because they are both musically influenced 80’s cult classics that came out within 8 months of each other- The Last Dragon and Purple Rain are also connected through Vanity (now an evangelist who goes by her real name Denise Matthews).
Vanity and Apollonia are Two Different People
No Vanity was not in Purple Rain that was Apollonia Kotero (the two are often confused for each other) but she could have been. She was romantically involved with Prince back then and was offered the role but she turned it down for the chance to clean up her “Nasty Girl” image and play the female lead in The Last Dragon.
She also left Prince and Vanity 6 the group he put together. Apollonia took over her role as lead of Vanity 6 and took her place in Purple Rain. The group was renamed Apollonia 6 and it was Apollonia and not Vanity that would infamously try to purify herself in the cool waters of Lake Minnetonka.
Imagine if Vanity had done Purple Rain instead of The Last Dragon? Would we know Apollonia today? Who would have played Laura Charles in her place? What do you think?
The Last Dragon 30th Anniversary Celebration
Purple Rain wasn’t the only movie that celebrated it’s 30th anniversary. The Last Dragon Turned 30 on March 22, 2015. The celebration started at the 2014 Urban Action Showcase & Expo and will continue on right through 2015. Follow The Last Dragon 30th Anniversary Celebration Facebook page to keep up all with all the events.
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