The Top 40 Best and Worst Actors Playing Musicians Before ‘Get On Up’ (Photos)

  • Universal
  • Open Road
  • Warner Bros.
  • Universal
  • Fox
  • Weinstein Company
  • Paramount Pictures
  • Warner Bros.
  • Samuel Goldwyn
  • Sony/Columbia
  • Orion Pictures
  • Picturehouse
  • Orion Picutres
  • Sony/Columbia
  • Gramercy
  • Apparition
  • Columbia
  • Columbia
  • Warner Bros.
  • TriStar
  • Warner Bros.
  • Dick Clark Productions
  • Vitagraph
  • United Artists
  • Universal
  • TriStar
  • Fox
  • Buena Vista
  • Lions Gate
  • Weinstein Company
  • Xlrator Media
  • MGM
  • Warner Bros.
  • Universal
  • ContentFilm International

In the new James Brown biopic “Get On Up,” Chadwick Boseman follows hundreds of actors who’ve tried the tricky task of playing musicians. Here’s TheWrap’s Top 40, for better and for worse

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The character is identified as “Mentor” in the credits, but we all know (and love) the apparition, played by Kilmer, who pushes Christian Slater to stand up to Gary Oldman’s dreadlocked pimp: It's the ghost of Elvis, of course.