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Music Executives on Screen: 10 Memorable Movie Portrayals

In the Netflix biopic “The Dirt,” Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live” fame portrays AR exec Tom Zutaut, the man who signed Motley Crue to Elektra and Guns N’ Roses to Geffen, while veteran character actor David Costabile (“The Wire,” “Billions”) is manager Doc McGhee. They follow in a long and illustrious line of label executives portrayed on screen, ranging from critical and box-office hits like “Ray” and “La Bamba” to lesser-seen music pics like “CBGB” and “The Runaways.” Here’s our list of 10 of the most memorable:

1. Steven Coogan as Tony Wilson (“24 Hour Party People”). Coogan’s brilliant portrayal of the Manchester icon and Factory Records founder in Michael Winterbottom’s 2002 film also includes great turns from Paddy Considine as Rob Gretton, the manager of Joy Division and New Order who passed away in 1999, and “Lord of the Rings” star Andy Serkis as Martin Hannett, the noted producer and Factory partner who helped create the sonic template for mixing dance and rock.

2. Michael Shannon as Kim Fowley (“The Runaways”). Shannon was perfectly cast as the creepy, Frankenstein-like Fowley, who not only discovered and drove the pioneering all-girl rock group but was sexually terrorizing them as well. Subsequent revelations have cast a dark cloud over his mentorship, but Shannon captured both the menace and tireless ambition that drove the self-described pop impresario.

3. Paul Giamatti as Jerry Heller (“Straight Outta Compton”). Giamatti poured himself into the role of the splenetic manager of N.W.A, who defended their rights as individuals and musicians at the same time as he was allegedly ripping them off, a charge his real-life namesake fought until his death. At almost the same time, Giamatti portrayed another master manipulator, Dr. Eugene Landy —

Article source: https://variety.com/2019/music/news/record-executives-portrayed-on-screen-the-dirt-1203171124/

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