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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Rock Star

Supposedly this movie is based on a true story.

Rock Star
-Chris Cole is a born musician. His girlfriend Emily believes in his musical talent. He idolizes Bobby Beers, the front man for one of his all time favorite heavy metal bands, Steel Dragon. One night, he is kicked out of his band and while he's devastated, he gets a call that changes his life. He has been chosen to replace Bobby Beers in the band Steel Dragon.

-Mark Wahlberg: Chris "Izzy" Cole
-Jennifer Aniston: Emily Poule
-Dominic West: Kirk Cuddy, Steel Dragon guitarist
-Jason Bonham: A.C., Steel Dragon drummer
-Jeff Pilson: Jorgen, Steel Dragon bassist
-Zakk Wylde: Ghode, Steel Dragon guitarist
-Timothy Spall: Mats, Steel Dragon manager
-Blas Elias: Donny Johnson, Blood Pollution drummer
-Nick Cantanese: Xander Cummins, Blood Pollution guitarist
-Brian Vander Ark: Ricki Bell, Blood Pollution bassist
-Timothy Olyphant: Rob Malcolm, Blood Pollution guitarist
-Jason Flemyng: Bobby Beers, Steel Dragon singer

Did You Know?
-At one point in the movie the band name "Deep Purple" is painted on one of the Marshall amp heads. Marshall amps are widely used by British, American and bands and musicians from all over the world
-Tim "Ripper" Owens, who the movie is heavily based on, owns a restaurant/bar in his native Akron, Ohio that hosts concerts

-The original working title of this movie was Metal God
-When Izzy arrives to audition for Steel Dragon, the guy auditioning is future Steel Panther singer Michael Star
-Luck was on Mark Wahlberg's side during auditions for this movie. He has hung out with enough rock musicians to know how to act. He's hung out with Vince Neil of Motley Crue and took some pointers about being a rock star
-There are quite a few actual musicians in the movie. Jason Bonham (A.C. drummer), who is the son of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham; Jeff Pilson (Jorgen, Steel Dragon bassist), bass player for 80s metal band Dokken; Zakk Wylde (Ghode, Steel Dragon guitarist), who has played with Ozzy Osbourne and now fronts his own band Black Label Society; Myles Kennedy (Thor), who fronted Alter Bridge but now has a new band called The Conspirators which Slash from Guns N' Roses tours as well

Jason Bonham

Zakk Wylde

Myles Kennedy
-This movie was heavily inspired by the story of Tim "Ripper" Owens, an Ohio-born singer who was in a Judas Priest tribute band called British Steel. When original Judas Priest front man Rob Halford left the band to pursue a solo career, it was up to Priest to find a replacement. Jason Flemyng's character coming out about being gay before he leaves deeply reflects Rob Halford coming out of the closet before his departure from the band

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