How to Play a Rock Star in a Movie

The casting of the upcoming CBGB’a movie has been a drawn-out process scored by endless commentary from fans who think they know better than filmmakers. Even the classic bar’s regulars got in the game. Not too long ago, Cheetah Chrome of the Dead Boys told us, “Hell, get Johnny Depp to play me!” Now it’s been announced that there is a new round of cast members, including former Roseanne star (and current The Big Bang Theory player) Johnny Galecki as manager Terry Ork and actress Mickey Sumner as Patti Smith. Perhaps the most controversial casting, though, is Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who, The Hollywood Reporter found out, will be playing Iggy Pop. 

The musician has plenty of experience behind the camera, having composed music for video games, TV, and movies, and he’s also appeared in plenty of rockumentaries in his capacity as a band member. But can he actually play the role of a musician?

He can start by checking out these clips below, showcasing what we consider fine examples of actors playing rockers.

The Velvet Goldmine 

With Jonathan Rys Meyers as Brian Slade and Ewan McGregor as Curt Wild—clearly Pop influenced—this should be Hawkins’ go-to movie for Iggy inspiration.

 

La Bamba

Lou Diamond Phillips played Ritchie Valens in this 1987 movie about the rocker who died at 18 in a plane crash that also killed Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper.

 

The Rose

Bette Midler made her screen debut in this movie, based loosely on the life of Janis Joplin. Pop never had Janice’s pipes, so singing like this won’t be a worry for Hawkins, but still a good role to study.

 

Sid and Nancy

For a taste of 1970s rock, what’s better than the Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb in this 1986 classic?

 

The Doors

To capture some of pop’s slithering sex appeal, checking out Val Kilmer’s performance in Oliver Stone’s The Doors would be a smart idea. Kilmer’s magnetic, insane, and overwhelmingly alluring Jim Morrison raised the bar for playing rockers.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains

The 1982 punk cult classic featuring a young Diane Lane and Laura Dern is required viewing for anyone who should be allowed to be punk, let alone play one on the screen. Absolutely essential viewing.

Josh Brolin on Lindsay Lohan, ‘The Goonies’, and Shooting Paparrazzi

Here’s the thing about our June/July cover story on Josh Brolin: sometimes you can’t get all the great lines in a piece, especially when that piece has a specific gist (the gist, in this case, is that Josh Brolin’s genetic material has determined his destiny, though he is struggling, as man does against fate, to define it for himself). But over the course of the day and a few hours I spent with him, he said many more interesting things. Some of these were about Lindsay Lohan. Some of them were about his wedding, in 2004, to Diane Lane. Herewith, the best lines that didn’t make it in.

On Thievery, The Goonies, and Paying It Forward
“I was never a good thief when I was a kid, but I grew up with a lot of guys that did that kind of shit, and I stole a little, too. It was easy stuff: sneaking around back from the liquor store and stealing booze. When I got paid from doing The Goonies—which wasn’t a lot of money but it was to me at the time—I went back to all the people and stores I stole from and handed them some cash. I went to that liquor store and paid back the clerk. He probably just pocketed it—it didn’t matter. It was a redemptive thing because I always felt like it was going to bite me in the ass, and I wanted to try and minimize that as much as possible.”

On Shooting at Paparazzi with Shotguns
“When Diane and I got married, a publicist said, ‘I think there should be security for you guys.’ My belief is that the more you use, the more you ask for an influx of unwanted people. So Diane and I were talking about it and I said, ‘I really don’t want to do that, but if it’s a necessity, I will.’ I couldn’t picture guys talking into their sleeves at the ranch during the wedding. But I had another idea. I know a couple of cowboys that could get on horseback and walk the perimeter of the area of the ranch while we were getting married and look out for any unwanted people. They all had shotguns filled with salt shot. So I called the sheriff because I didn’t want to do anything too illegal. I told him that in a couple of weeks I was going to get married. He said, ‘Yeah, I know what you’re doin’.’ We had kept it so secret, so I don’t know how he knew. I said, ‘Oh, okay, good. So if any of these people come up and try and take pictures, how do you feel if Clint or Rick or those guys shoot at these people if they’re on the property?’ There was the longest pause I’ve ever experienced, and then he said, ‘It’s deer season. I don’t give a shit what you do.’”

On Lindsay Lohan and Negative Attention
“I don’t know how Lindsay Lohan does it. If anything, she has the gift of some massive denial system or a foundation that’s just unbreakable because it’s just constant. Apparently she likes it. She keeps putting herself out there.”