Top 5 Portrayals of Legendary Musicians

1) Val Kilmer, Kyle MacLachlan, Kevin Dillon and Frank Whaley as The Doors in "The Doors"

2) Lou Diamond Phillips as Ritchie Valens in "La Bamba"

3) Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash in "Walk the Line"

4) Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in "Ray"

5) Gary Oldman as Sid Vicious in "Sid and Nancy"

Runner-up: Tom Hulce as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in "Amadeus"

Side note: Please stop using musicians as role models. This hit me this week while watching countless reports on Rihanna taking back Chris Brown after he "allegedly" beat the snot out of her. All these idiots on the news were ranting about the"thousands of girls look up to Rihanna and now they are going to think that its OK to get beat up and stay with their boyfriend." Gimme a break. All musicians want to do is sell more records. Let's stop using the "role models" labels! Musicians are (mostly) known for doing stupid things, getting caught doing stupid things or hurting someone else while doing stupid things. The motto is "sex, drugs and rock and roll", not "honesty, health and happiness".

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[image-1]About Ivan

Ivan Pena has an Advertising degree from UF, 8+ years in corporate and consumer marketing, 10+ years in graphic design and promotions. Ivan is also the leader of the group Soulfound and runs his own independent record label, Mohawk Bomb. In 2008, Ivan was named one of the Top 30 Under 30 by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Check Ivan out on LinkedIn:

I have been out of touch for a while. I am neck deep in promoting Mohawk Bomb Records' new compilation, shooting Soulfound's farewell documentary and getting married. Alas, I am back with a new post that I have been wanting to do for a while in which I get to flex both my music and movie muscles.

Here are my Top 5 actor's portrayals of some of music's most legendary characters. There are dozens of great performances that I have not included that are great portrayals of musicians on film. Many of the best ones are not even about real bands like Almost Famous, The Commitments, That Thing You Do!. The point here is to show how foolish it can be to have a musicians as a role model and how entertaining/inspiring it can be to see what some folks have gone through to become household names. Enjoy.

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