Directed by Adam Shankman, American film director also credited for the 2007 remake of “Hairspray”, “Rock of Ages” -the movie, hits the theaters this weekend and is giving Diego Boneta his big break on the big screen. When asked about his experience in auditioning for the role and working with a star studded cast (that includes Alec Baldwin, Russel Brand and Tom Cruise, among others) Diego replies: ” It was amazing, a 6 week process, I auditioned like everybody else…it ended with 3 days of migranes and a call by Adam on a Sunday. It was a crazy nerve wrecking process. The cast was so amazing….we were like a family!”.
The movie, which is the result of a casual conversation between Shankman and Cruise a couple of years ago, is a love letter to the eighties. The film’s score, which includes over 20 musical anthems such as “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and “Paradise City”, as well as some very well executed mashups, is brought to life by the cast itself. Cruise worked with Axel Rose’s former vocal coach for months, practicing an average of five hours a day to deliver the voice of the movie’s ultimate rock and roll super star: Staycee Jaxx. All the songs can be found on the movie’s soundtrack.
“Two of the biggest challenges in making this movie, were translating the play into a film , making it multidimensional and helping the cast find their own voice for their characters” states Shankman. The film, unlike the play, avoids making fun of this golden era, where “The Strip” was the heart of a movement. Some of the adjustments made to the original storyline of the play, in the movie, include Katherine Zeta-Jones’ character, which did not exist until a couple of moths prior to the shoot and the inclusion of ”Hey Man”, a baboon that plays Stacee Jaxx’s (Tom Cruise) sidekick.
A couple of curious side notes on the movie:
- The creation of “Hey Man” as a character, was Tom Cruise’s idea, based on Michael Jackson’s pet “Bubbles”.
- All the female dancers for the strip club scenes where found via Youtube. The “pole specialists” were casted during 3 months.
- There is a missing scene, performed to the track “Rock You Like a Hurricane” (The Scorpions), which would have made the movie lose it’s PG-13 classification, if it was not left out.
- Sebastian Bach and Nuno Bettencourt are just two of many cameos during the movie.
“Rock of Ages” stars Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta as employees and aspiring artists that work at Club Bourbon. The owner (Alec Baldwin) and his right hand (Russell Brand) are about to be saved by a performance from the one and only Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise).
This is a story about Rock and Roll, fun times and ultimately… pursuing your dreams.