bill-swift - February 9, 2013
Earlier this week we posted the first look of Al Pacino as Phil Spector, arguably the most successful music producer of all time. The great thing about movies about musicians or the record industry in general is that typically it means you're going to get a pretty great soundtrack, even if the movie blows (we're looking at you Great Balls of Fire).
There are several ways to pull off the singer biopic, since so much of it is dependent on the artist's original material. Sometimes the actor is able to pull off their own covers of the person they're portraying, sometimes they just dub in the studio version of a song that's supposed to be being played live, which never sounds right. And other times they pull a Singin' in the Rain and just have some studio musician voice sing while the actor lip synchs to someone else, which I'm sure must be kind of embarrassing.
You'll see examples of all of these in our gallery of Actors Playing Famous Musicians. Unfortunately Chris Farley as Meat Loaf in all those SNL sketches didn't make the cut.