Do all actors know how to sing?
It seems like every single actor out there making movies has a pretty good singing voice.
Sorry I never studied acting. But is it a given that when you study the craft of acting, you must take voice lessons as well?
Why don't more actors who act sing? Maybe put out a record.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||07/23/2013|
Vocal training is a part of studying acting. Even with a middling voice, training it to sing will better it for acting. I always suspect that the actors who can't sing got into the business without training, or are possibly just dancers who slipped into actor
|by Anonymous||reply 1||02/27/2013|
You're being way too generous. Vocal training for acting is very different from vocal training for singing, and studying one doesn't automatically mean you're doing the other as well.
Some people have no innate ability to sing, so training them will have little effect.
The idea that a lot of actors can sing is ludicrous. I can't imagine anyone saying that Russell Crowe, Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellwegger, Peirce Brosnan, Helena Bonham Carter and countless other tone-deaf actors can truly "sing."
They might be able to string a series of notes together (just barely) and perhaps get some technological help in the studio to hide their faults or add some "weight", but in no way are these people real singers.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||02/27/2013|
[quote]Why don't more actors who act sing? Maybe put out a record.
Don't give them any ideas! It's a truism that all comedians want to play drama and all dramatic actors want to sing. The results are seldom pleasant.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||02/27/2013|
Not at all.
In fact, many actors who are "musical" enough to be (sometimes very generously) cast in musicals barely know how to sing.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||02/27/2013|
Some of them have surprisingly nice voices: Michelle Pfeiffer, Ewan McGregor, Meryl Streep, Ed O'Neill.
Some of them have passable voices: Renee Zellweger, Nicole Kidman, Christine Baranski, Glenn Close, Judy Holliday.
Some of them cannot sing a note: Pierce Brosnan, Katharine Hepburn.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||02/27/2013|
R5, Are you saying with auto tune anyone can sing well? I thought Nicole Kidman was known for having a good voice.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||02/27/2013|
Actors learn how to project their voices, but they don't learn how to focus their tone, sing in tune, or phrase well.
So there's something that I call "actor's singing voice", I'll use Eddie Remayne from "Les Miz" as an example. His voice is strong and he does a pretty good job overall, but he suffers from a fuzzy, unfocused, throaty tone to his singing voice. IMHO it's because his vocal training has been about projecting the speaking voice, not singing.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||02/27/2013|
OP, have you ever seen "Paint Your Wagon?"
|by Anonymous||reply 9||02/27/2013|
Sandra Bullock is one is says she cannot sing a lick.
Even though both her parents are opera singers, and she herself composed and sang a song in the movie "The Thing Called Love"
|by Anonymous||reply 10||02/27/2013|
Does Anne Hathaway know how to sing?
|by Anonymous||reply 11||02/27/2013|
Here is Sandra Bullock singing her big number, a song she wrote herself.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||02/27/2013|
R5, Baranski and Close are more than passable singers, as both have Broadway musical credits. I also saw Baranski do Mrs. Lovett at Kennedy Center and she was better that I expected. These two ladies are not the cream of the crop by any means, but they're far better than the likes of Zellwegger and Kidman.
As for Kidman, she does not really have a good voice. She has a very small voice and can just about carry a tune as long as she doesn't have to project too much. Her vocals in MOULIN ROUGE were enhanced in the studio.
I recall while watching the dreck that is the film of NINE that I was relieved when Fergie came on screen - at least one person in the cast had some kind of real singing voice. If NINE had been properly cast, she wouldn't have stood out so much.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||02/27/2013|
R13 are you saying that Dame Judi Dench does not have a good singing voice?
|by Anonymous||reply 14||02/27/2013|
OP has obviously never seen the movie of Mame.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||02/27/2013|
[quote] OP has obviously never seen the movie of Mame.
You are questioning Bea Arthur's singing ability?
|by Anonymous||reply 16||02/27/2013|
Crowe has a band and he still can't sing well.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||02/27/2013|
Soap actor Eric Martsolf has a great singing voice. I saw him as the Pharaoh in a tour of "Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." He was fantastic.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||02/27/2013|
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|by Anonymous||reply 22||07/16/2013|
Most theatre curriculum has at least one singing class.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||07/16/2013|
Just watch "Everyone Says I Love You" to see examples of actors who CANNOT sing (Drew Barrymore and Julia Roberts being the most obvious)
|by Anonymous||reply 24||07/16/2013|
OP, That's like asking if all actors can do Shakespeare, or comedy, or dance. Thespians try to branch out so that they will get more work. Just because they study something, like Shakespeare, doesn't mean that it's a good fit. Their talent may lie in another direction.
Also if you live in Hollywood there aren't as many opportunities to perform musical theater for pay. You'll see a great deal of competition for roles requesting "actors who sing."
|by Anonymous||reply 25||07/16/2013|
[quote]Crowe has a band and he still can't sing well.
You don't actually have to sing well to front a rock band. It's nice when it happens, but a rock voice can be a lot less flexible & melodic than a "legit" voice.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||07/16/2013|
[quote]Baranski and Close are more than passable singers, as both have Broadway musical credits.
Broadway muscial credits have nothing to do with someone being a passable singer. Richard Burton and Rex Harrison talked their songs. They were not "passable singers."
|by Anonymous||reply 27||07/16/2013|
Every actor or actress takes a few singing lessons because they are told it increases their marketability. Say, for instance, you cannot sing a note but you, for some incomprehensible reason, are considered bankable. You can still get cast in a major musical production. Just make sure your male co-star is worse than you.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||07/16/2013|
A good actor (especially a stage actor) should know how to sing.
Good singers are expected to act a little (stage presence).
Very few are actually outstanding in both. You'll have actors who are very decent singers, but not so good that this could be their main occupation.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||07/16/2013|
Some actors have started out as singers, failed and once they had success as actors put out a song.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||07/16/2013|
Matt Bomer is the real-life inspiration for the character Finn from Glee.
He played High School football before turning to singing.
Does he have a good set of pipes?
|by Anonymous||reply 31||07/19/2013|
Quiet foghorn or loud foghorn?
Jimmy Stewart should have been strangled before being allowed to sing - in fact, he sounded like he WAS being strangled...
|by Anonymous||reply 32||07/19/2013|
[quote]Why don't more actors who act sing? Maybe put out a record.
I KNOW, huh?
|by Anonymous||reply 33||07/19/2013|
Self-selection bias. Most of the time, only actors who are perceived to sing well take singing roles.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||07/19/2013|
It just makes sense for a serious actor to learn as many tools to execute your craft as possible. Singing, dancing, playing an instrument. Like with any craft, the more you know the better.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||07/19/2013|
Molly Ringwald has a jazz album. Lauren Ambrose fronts a jazz band.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||07/20/2013|
I think a lot of them can probably sing passably, but just don't expect them to hold notes for very long. I'd rather see a song in a musical well acted by someone who's a competent singer than a brilliant singer who can't act for shit. Recently, on Broadway, all the young actors have started to sound the same when they sing. It's boring and nasally and most of them are truly terrible actors who couldn't sell a song if their lives depended on it. It takes more than a great voice to pull off a song. There's a reason Sondheim prefers actors who can sing over singers who think they can act. Look at Elaine Stritch. TERRRRRRIBLE voice, but she can sell the shit out of any song.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||07/20/2013|
Those who are trained actors might able to sing enough to be able to sing happy birthday without everyone staring in horror, however there are lots of actors who have had no training whatsoever, in acting or otherwise. A lot of those models-turned-actors would probably struggle to sing a note since often their acting gigs are based on looks not talent.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||07/20/2013|
[quote]Just watch "Everyone Says I Love You" to see examples of actors who CANNOT sing (Drew Barrymore and Julia Roberts being the most obvious)
For the record, neither one knew it was a musical when they signed on. Actors don't get a script before they show up for rehearsals and then only their part. It's how Woody works. Allen didn't care if they could sing he wanted a realistic singing voice and Julia was mortified but carried on. Barrymore bitched so much she was dubbed. That's not her voice in the film.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||07/20/2013|
John C. Reilly has a (v. good) roots band that tours
|by Anonymous||reply 41||07/20/2013|
WRONG singing talent has nothing to do with acting talent.
Just to disprove OP's claim that all actors can sing, let's have another look at Chris Klein's bizarro audition for the musical MAMA MIA:
|by Anonymous||reply 42||07/21/2013|
And if that's not enough, just watch Pierce Brosnan's ear-puncturing performance in MAMA MIA:
|by Anonymous||reply 43||07/21/2013|
Michelle Pfeiffer is one of those actors who is not tone deaf, but her tone is ugly and unpleasant.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||07/21/2013|
Some can neither sing nor act!
|by Anonymous||reply 47||07/21/2013|
I was waiting for a post like R47 lol
Pfeiffer's weird tone is in the same area as that of a Rihanna or Shitney Spears. If she had been 20 years younger, Michelle might have had a shot at pop stardom lmao.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||07/21/2013|
The vocals on COOL RIDER are great!
So was Pfeiffer's work on HAIRSPRAY.
She can sing and I think her voice is cool, so go fuck yourself, r44.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||07/23/2013|
R49 you have no ear for good vs. bad singing. Pfeiffer is not a good singer at all. She's not tone deaf but her voice is harsh on the ears. Not pretty at all.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||07/23/2013|