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14 Movie Actors Who Did Their Own Singing in a Musical Biopic

July 14, 2016

Portraying a real-life person on the big screen is not an easy task, and when you add singing to the mix, the difficulties multiply. In the instances of musical biopics, some directors opt to use the actual musician’s recordings, like with Jamie Foxx in Ray (2004) and Jennifer Lopez in Selena (1997). While others choose to have their actors take on the full persona, singing and all, sometimes with the blessing of the actual musician himself. Paul Dano had to audition for Brian Wilson before being allowed to perform the Beach Boys songwriter’s tunes in Love & Mercy, while Johnny Cash, on the other hand, was thrilled to have Joaquin Phoenix portray him in Walk the Line though the two never had a chance to meet before Cash died in 2003. Here is a list of 14 actors and actresses who took on the challenge of doing their own singing and amazed audiences with their performances:

WALK THE LINE (2005)
Reese Witherspoon (June Carter)
Joaquin Phoenix (Johnny Cash)

'Walk The Line' on HDNET MOVIES
Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line (2005)

THE RUNAWAYS (2010)
Kristen Stewart (Joan Jett)
Dakota Fanning (Cherie Currie)

LOVE & MERCY (2014)
Paul Dano (Brian Wilson)

LISZTOMANIA (1975)
Roger Daltrey (Franz Liszt)

THE DOORS (1991)
Val Kilmer (Jim Morrison)

'The Doors' on HDNET MOVIES
Val Kilmer in The Doors (1991)

I SAW THE LIGHT (2015)
Tom Hiddleston (Hank Williams)

BEYOND THE SEA (2004)
Kevin Spacey (Bobby Darin)

WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT (1993)
Laurence Fishburne (Ike Turner)

COAL MINER’S DAUGHTER (1980)
Sissy Spacek (Loretta Lynn)
Beverly D’Angelo (Patsy Cline)

'Coal Miner's Daughter' on HDNET MOVIES
Sissy Spacek in Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)

THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY (1978)
Gary Busey (Buddy Holly)

SID AND NANCY (1986)
Gary Oldman (Sid Vicious)

Watch the network premiere of WALK THE LINE Saturday, July 16th on HDNET MOVIES starting at 10:05/9:05c.

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Sunday, July 31st – 8/7c
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