Singing actors

ByNida Faraz

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February 18, 2023

Nida Faraz describes some multi-purpose talent

People need creative outlets and that includes even singing actors with the difference is that famous actors can sometimes turn those passions into things released to the general public. The passion that actors like trying out the most is music and some of them sing well.

Jeff Goldblum
Goldblum often delights with his acting chops or his interview appearances. Nobody brings the quirk to sitting on a talk show couch like Goldblum. However, the “Jurassic Park” star is also a jazz pianist. He and his backing band, the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, have now released two jazz albums.

Scarlett Johansson
Before Johansson was subsumed into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Black Widow, she tried her hand at music. Way back in 2008, when she was still fairly early in her career, Johansson released the album “Anywhere I Lay My Head.” What made this a particularly unusual album is that 10 of the songs on it are Tom Waits covers. Yes, Scarlett Johansson released a Tom Waits cover album.

Keanu Reeves
It is not mentioning the fact that Wyld Stallyns, the band Reeves’ Ted Logan is a member of in the “Bill and Ted” movies. The band whose music unites the universe in peace is of high ranking. That’s too lofty a standard to hold the alt rock band Dogstar in which Reeves was the bass player in that band which gave the quartet some added attention.

Russell Crowe
Crowe has won an Oscar and he is appeared in many hit films. In fact, he starred in back-to-back Best Picture winners in “Gladiator” and “A Beautiful Mind.” However, Crowe has been a musician for as long as he’s been an actor. In the ‘80s he formed a band called Roman Antix, which became a band called 30 Odd Feet of Grunts. The Australian served as the front-man for the rock band.

Bruce Willis
There is a certain segment of the population that is aware of Willis’ music career but mostly because people like to poke fun at it. Before he had taken off as a huge movie star, Willis tried his hand at music as well. In 1987, he released the album “The Return of Bruno.” One is not sure who Bruno is but is well-known that in 1988 he then starred in a little film called “Die Hard.”

Ryan Gosling
Gosling and his friend Zach Shields decided to form a rock duo called Dead Man’s Bones, based on their shared interest in ghosts and the supernatural. Their 2009 release is something of an experimental album, as they did not do more than three takes of any song. Also Gosling recorded on the album under the pseudonym of “Baby Goose.”

William Shatner
Shatner’s music career has been a punch line for many years and it is apparent on his cover of Elton John’s “Rocket Man.” That song sometime is truly fascinating.

Christopher Lee
He played Dracula and a villainous wizard in the “Lord of the Rings” movies. It feels fitting that Lee was apparently a metal head. Would you believe that he made two EPs that are heavy metal Christmas albums? What’s truly cool is that Lee was making music until 2013. He was 91 at the time! TW

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