Saturday, October 06, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-John C. Reilly

Artist:John C. Reilly
Song:Walk Hard
Album:Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

As musical parody films go, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story isn't quite up to the level of This Is Spinal Tap or A Mighty Wind because it tries to do too much. But there's no question that veteran character actor John C. Reilly is tremendous as Dewey Cox. He was born May 24, 1965 in Chicago. He made his film debut in Brian DePalma's 1989 film Casualties Of War but he was first noticed when he played porno star Reed Rothchild in the 1997 film Boogie Nights. He was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in the 2002 film Chicago. He also sang in that film. Director Jake Kasdan took his idea for a fake musical biopic to Judd Apatow and the two wrote the script together. The idea was to do a tongue in cheek biopic and tell it in a serious way. Of course the basis of Reilly's character is Johnny Cash but they parody a lot more than that, maybe too much. And that may be why the film was not a financial success. Critical response was mixed. Reilly did all his own singing and guitar playing. Most of the songs in the film were written by Dan Bern and Mike Viola of The Candy Butchers though Walk Hard was written by veteran singer songwriter Marshall Crenshaw. Reilly even went out on tour as Dewey Cox. The song was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Grammy. Walk Hard is worth catching on DVD if you haven't seen it. John C. Reilly is still acting but he is currently on tour with Willie Nelson leading his band John Reilly & Friends. Here's the video for Walk Hard by John C. Reilly.

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