Total Recall: Walk Hard While My Biopic Gently Weeps
Opening acts: This is Spinal Tap, Fear of a Black Hat, Sweet and Lowdown
It doesn't take a Grammy winner to see why actors are drawn to biopics. Good actors make a living playing made-up characters, but it takes a great one to convince a crowd of millions that they can emulate the mannerisms, speech patterns, and attitude of a musical legend. Plus, said great actor gets to sing, play an instrument, go through a "dark period," and then get saved or die a gnarly death. Pull all of this off and critics will dish out the praise. There might even be a gold statuette waiting in the wings come February. Gee, all that attention wouldn't go to an actor's head, would it?
Walk Hard: Meet the Beatles.
While acting calisthenics and musical artist movies go hand in hand, spoof humor enters the equation just as easily. We can mention films and groups like A Hard Day's Night (100 percent), The Rutles (88 percent), and The Monkees, but let's jump forward to 1984. The year's headliner: the loudest (and funniest) band in the world, Spinal Tap!