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10 actors who learned to play instruments for a movie role

Published by Business Insider on Wed, 07 Nov 2018

It's no secret that being an actor often requires picking up a few extra skills along the way and sometimes these skills include playing musical instruments.It's not always easy to learn how to play an instrument, but these actors went the extra mile and learned a new musical skill.Here are 10 actors who learned how to play an instrument for a movie role.Ryan Gosling was excited to learn jazz piano for "La La Land."Gosling,who played Sebastian in "La La Land," had no formal training on piano before filming this musical blockbuster. Thankfully, his piano teacher said Gosling was highly receptive of the chance to learn."Piano is something I always wished I had the time to learn. So I had this great opportunity to sit in front of a piano for three months and just playand I took advantage of it," Goslingtold Woman and Home Magazine. "I practiced some of those pieces four hours a day for three months."Bradley Cooper learned two instruments to play Jackson Maine in "A Star is Born."Portraying a musician alongside Lady Gaga is no simple feat. In addition to directing and writing original music for the film, Cooper learned two instruments for his role in the film.Cooper said that he spent about six months learning how to play piano and guitar."We mapped out my entire schedule, day by day," Cooper told W magazine. "I'd wake up and work out, followed bytwo hours of guitar practice and two hours of piano lessons."Read More: 15 surprising things you probably didn't know about 'A Star Is Born'A grueling practice schedule won Adrien Brody a record-breaking Oscar.In order to accurately portray Polish virtuoso Wladyslaw Szpilman in "The Pianist," director Roman Polanski insisted Adrien Brody practice the instrument for four hours a day.As if that weren't enough, Brody also sold his car,lost a lot of weight, and moved to Europe in order to create a more authentic portrayal of the Holocaust-era artist.Brody won an Oscar for this role in 2003.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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