Springsteen Makes Movie Cameo

Plays himself in 'High Fidelity.'

Rock singer/songwriter Bruce Springsteen will make his debut as a movie actor this month, playing himself in "High Fidelity."

In the movie, Springsteen offers romantic advice to star John Cusack while playing bluesy licks on an electric guitar. The rocker appears in a fantasy sequence, soon after Cusack's character plays the title track of Springsteen's 1980 album The River (RealAudio excerpt).

Springsteen previously appeared onscreen in the Chuck Berry documentary "Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll" (1987) and in the concert film "No Nukes" (1980).

"High Fidelity," scheduled to be released March 31, is a faithful adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel about the love life of a record-store owner with passionately elitist taste in music, although the setting has been moved from England to Chicago.

The novel makes numerous references to Springsteen's music, but none of the singer's tracks are on the movie's soundtrack album, which comes out Tuesday.

Springsteen, who released the rarities box set Tracks in 1998, is on the second leg of his reunion tour with his E Street Band.