A Creative Genius Till The End, We List Must-See David Bowie Film Roles
David Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth/ 1976
David Bowie‘s 69th Birthday was January 8, 2016. It was also the release date of his highly anticipated new album, Blackstar. He passed away on January 10, 2016 leaving a legacy of creative output that continued literally to the day he died.
Bowie is an entertainment icon that has wowed us with some of the best music, strangest looks and groundbreaking performances over the years. Since our focus is on fantasy films, we want to focus on his acting career. While David has shown up as himself in cameos in a number of movies, the films featuring his thespian talents are just as interesting as the man himself.
Below, we’ve picked out 6 of David Bowie’s best film roles. This isn’t a ranking list, so these films are in no particular order. If you haven’t seen some of these, celebrate the brilliant creativity of his life by watching some of these today! If any of these are among your favorite films, then it’s a great excuse to watch them again!
6 Great David Bowie Film Roles:
I know, we said that Bowie’s cameos as himself wouldn’t be on this list, but we need to start off with his role of celebrity judge in Zoolander during a runway showdown between Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. The removal of his sunglasses, straight-up swagger, and reaction to Stiller’s nonchalant reaction to his presence make this one of favorite big-screen appearances from Bowie:
The Last Temptation of Christ
Director Martin Scorsese’s controversial 1988 film, The Last Temptation of Christ, took on the story of Jesus in a different way, so why not cast one of the most different entertainers in the world in a pivotal role? Bowie portrayed Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect responsible for Christ’s condemnation, crucifixion, and death. Seeing Bowie in this role really opened our eyes to his dramatic talents.
The Hunger is an erotic horror movie from 1983 that features David Bowie as a man in love with a vampire played by Catherine Deneuve. Bowie’s character is sexy, tragic and mesmerizing in this film. You’re already downloading the movie, aren’t you?
If you’re a regular reader of Fantasy Film Daily than you’ve probably seen the cult classic film Labyrinth more than once. Now’s a good time to watch this Jim Henson/George Lucas cult classic again, don’t you think?
Bowie has portrayed real people, too. In Basquiat, the biopic about artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, Bowie portrays pop culture icon Andy Warhol.
Bowie also portrayed scientist Nikola Tesla in filmmaker Christopher Nolan‘s critically acclaimed film, The Prestige. Though the story of this film is fictional, Bowie brought the real-life Tesla back to life in a great way.
The Man Who Fell to Earth
David Bowie is basically an alien, so his movie The Man Who Fell to Earth is maybe his most believable performances of his entire acting career.
What is your favorite David Bowie role or film? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below and take time to celebrate the creative genius of Bowie this week.
H/T Music Times