If you are into movies that are based on the life of music artists or are musicals, you might think that the famous actors in the movies would do the singing. But we were just as surprised to find out that these 11 famous actors fooled us with their fantastic lip-synching skills.
Jennifer Lopez in Selena
Jennifer Lopez is an incredible singer and dancer. Technically, the producers could have used her vocals in the film. In fact, she sang in the audition for the movie. But they didn’t! They just used the original singing voice of Selena Quintanilla for the movie.
Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody
Bohemian Rhapsody bought Rami Malek his first-ever Academy Award for Best Actor. But you will be surprised to know that most of the singing in the movie was based on old tapes of Freddie Mercury. Though Rami Malek was able to adapt the gestures of the legendary frontman, he couldn’t get his singing voice right. So, they use old tapes of the late singer along with recent recordings by Canadian singer Marc Martel.
BD Wong in Mulan
Shang Li in Mulan was voiced by BD Wong, but the singing voice was given by Donny Osmond. The hit song from this Disney movie “I’ll make a man out of you” was sung by Donny Osmond. He also sang the song in the Disney Special Family Singalong in 2020.
Marion Cotillard in La Vie en Rose
Playing the role of Edith Piaf in the movie brought with it the need to sing. Marion Cotillard went as far as taking singing lessons for six months to understand the breathing patterns, movement of mouth and tongue while singing. But she lip-synched in the movie beautifully that won her Academy Award for Best Actress in 2008.
Hilary Duff in The Lizzie McGuire Movie
In the movie, Hilary Duff played both the roles, Lizzie and Isabella but she didn’t voice them both. She sang her part for Lizzie however her sister Haylie Duff sang for Isabella in the movie.
George Clooney in O Brother, Where Art Thou?
As many of you might know that George Clooney’s aunt the legendary Rosemary Clooney is a beautiful singer. The producers of the movie thought that George could also sing but they were absolutely wrong. After recording one song for the movie, they knew that singing wasn’t George Clooney’s cup of tea. But being the lead of the movie, it was difficult for them to tell him. However, George Clooney knew for himself that he is better off lipsynching. So, the producers got Dan Tyminski on board for the vocals.
Wendy Makkena in Sister Act Movies
Andrea Robinson was brought on board to provide the vocals for all the songs of Wend Makkena’s character in the movie. Wendy Makkena lip-synched in the movie.
Christopher Plummer in The Sound of Music
A musical movie but Christopher Plummer only sang a few parts of the different songs in the movie. Most of his singing vocals were given by Bill Lee. Being an actor himself with singing talent, Bill Lee had a perfect voice for the songs.
Jonathan Taylor and Matthew Broderick in The Lion King
The young Simba was voiced by Jonathan Taylor, but the singing voice is credited to Jason Weaver. He owns the royalties for those songs. Similarly, Matthew Broderick voiced adult Simba in the movie, but the singing voice was given by Joseph Williams.
Zac Efron in High School Musical
Though Zac Efron recorded his voice for the first High School Musical, the producers didn’t use his voice. Instead, they brought in Drew Seeley for the vocals. With this move from the producers, Zac Efron was taken aback. Hence, he pushed for his singing voice to be used for the sequels which they did.
Rebecca Ferguson in The Greatest Showman
The heart-wrenching ballad “Never Enough” from The Greatest Showman was not voiced by Rebecca Ferguson. Instead, Loren Allred, The Voice US 2012 contestant provided the vocals for this song in the movie.
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