Steve Carell Wants To Be A Rock Star: Our Favorite Cinematic Rockers

Steve Carell is something of a rock star in his career, having transformed himself from a quirky commentator on “The Daily Show” to both a mainstream and indie success with films like “The 40 Year-Old Virgin” and “Little Miss Sunshine.” It makes sense, then, that Carell plans to elevate his rock star status in a literal sense with a biopic of Dennis Lambert, the songwriter/producer who became a rock sensation in the Philippines late in his life. Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley wrote the untitled script based on “Of All The Things,” a 2008 documentary directed by Lambert’s son Jody.

“Dennis left the music business [after his solo album flopped] and was selling real estate in Florida when he was told by a Filipino promoter that he’s still huge there because his album had been so successful. The promoter begged him to tour,” Daley told Deadline of Lambert’s true story. “Finally, in his 60s and 20 years removed from the music business, Dennis says yes and suddenly he’s playing packed 10,000 seat arenas. The movie will be about what happens when a middle-aged guy finds himself a rock star who realizes dreams he never got to live out.”

Carell is hardly the first actor to take a crack at the rock genre, of course. He joins a solid list of classic cinematic rockers, such as the ones we’ve listed after the jump!

Jack Black in “School of Rock”
A failed musician who forces himself to live up to the famous adage: “Those who can’t do, teach.” While Jack Black’s Dewey Finn couldn’t get his career off the ground with No Vacancy, he still lived up to his rocking potential with the help of the School of Rock. Too bad the same can’t be said for “Tenacious D in the Pic of Destiny.”

Joaquin Phoenix in “Walk the Line”
Casey Affleck described Phoenix’s work in “I’m Still Here” as the performance of his career, but I respectfully disagree with the director’s assessment; it’s Phoenix’s powerful turn as embattled rocker Johnny Cash that wins me over every time.

John C. Reilly in “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story”
As much as I love his work in “The Aviator,” “Gangs of New York” and other serious pictures, I’m just a sucker for John C. Reilly’s goofier side, and his work in “Walk Hard,” a blatant riff on “Walk the Line,” takes the cake in that department.

Rainn Wilson in “The Rocker”
Carell’s “Office” colleague has already hit up the rock genre in this little seen film about an aging drummer’s attempt to get back into the rock scene. Not the shiniest gem in the realm of musical comedies, but who can complain about Dwight Schrute doing his best Lars Ulrich impression?

Spinal Tap in “This Is Spinal Tap”
Is there any debate that Spinal Tap is the greatest fictional rock band of all time? If so, there shouldn’t be. Rob Reiner’s mockumentary is the one that started it all, launching Christopher Guest down an irreversible path of similarly hilarious mayhem for the rest of his career. We should all be thankful for this gift to mankind.

Do you think Carell has the power to rock and roll all night and party every day? Let us know what you think of his latest career move in the comments, and make sure to chime in with your favorite cinematic rock stars as well!