Actors who learned to play a new instrument for a movie

Find out which stars developed some impressive musical skills on the fly

Stars Insider

08/10/21 | StarsInsider


In the early days of cinema, if you wanted to be a star then you had to have the triple threat: acting, dancing, and singing. Musical numbers were commonplace in the movies of the 20th century, so most actors had some serious musical talent. These days, you can get by on acting skills alone, which makes it all the more challenging when a role requires an actor to play an instrument. Many of the top stars in Hollywood today have taken on roles without having a clue what they're doing, and they must learn to play the piano or guitar like a pro within a matter of months (or weeks!). 

Click through the gallery to see which famous actors learned how to play an instrument from scratch for a big role. 


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