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

  • Chadwick Boseman James Brown 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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Chadwick Boseman has the moves and the hair to play James Brown in "Get On Up" – and when you’re playing the Godfather of Soul, those two things will take you all the way to funkytown.