Episode 819: Musicians Turned Actors

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4 Responses

  1. FictionIsntReal says:

    Saying that Bowie lost his uniqueness and became more of a character actor is the opposite of how I’d understood the term “character actor” to mean. But then I also come across people refer to people who regularly play leads very different from other roles they’ve played as “character actors”.

    You guys are forgetting that Rihanna also played Marion Crane in Bates Motel. Apparently cast as that just because she was a fan of the show.

    Alana Haim’s character in Licorice Pizza didn’t seem THAT abrasive to me. I did get the impression that people thought well of PTA for getting decent performances out of first-time actors he happened to know, rather than thinking it was the leads themselves who were responsible for what was good there.

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      I didn’t mean to imply that Bowie lost his uniqueness, just that his performances started to feel less like stunt casting.

      – David

  2. bob says:

    did i miss it, or did Jane Weidlin get overlooked? She’s also in Clue, along with Lee Ving, but also Bill & Ted and various other smaller roles.

    As far as “musician pops in for a quick cameo”- i’m thinking Bruce Springsteen in High Fidelity, Tom Petty in The Postman, Neil Young in Made In Heaven.

    and if you want to get the full David Johannson experience, check out the underseen, but hilarious, Let It Ride with Richard Dreyfus. Johannson is #2 on the call sheet for that one, and makes the most of it.

    and i figure i just zoned out and missed more obvious folks like Sting and Jon Bon Jovi, but i don’t recall hearing their names.

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      No, we didn’t mention her but you’re right, we absolutely should have. Didn’t mention Sting or JBJ either. I wish I had mentioned Tom Petty in The Postman because it’s definitely one of the weirdest cameos.

      – David

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