Musicals have always been a hallmark of Hollywood. For actors and actresses, musicals are one the biggest cinematic challenges they can take on. While there are performers that have become synonymous with musicals, like Hugh Jackman and Julie Andrews, there are many stars that you would not at first associate with the genre. With that in mind, here are five thespians you probably didn’t know starred in musicals.
Comedian Will Ferrell is famous for his over-the-top comic creations. From being a featured cast member on Saturday Night Live to starring in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Talladega Nights, Ferrell has become a global household name. One of the earliest films Ferrell made his name in was The Producers. While the 2005 remake, which is based on director-writer Mel Brook’s 1968 original of the same name, garnered mixed reviews, it landed Ferrell a Golden Globe nod for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture. He plays the very humorous role of Franz Liebkind in the movie.
Actor Jason Segel, best known for the sitcom How I Met Your Mother, didn’t only star in the 2011 musical comedy The Muppets, he also co-penned the script and was an executive producer. When it was released, the movie was a hit with fans and critics. USA Today gave it a glowing review: “More fresh than retro, The Muppets bursts with charm and cheeky humor.”
One of Edward Norton’s lesser-known films is the Woody Allen musical Everyone Says I Love You. It was Norton’s second feature, and while not commercially successful, is considered to be one of Allen’s best films. Norton sang three songs in the film including a version of “My Baby Just Cares For Me”.
Norton is known for being a chameleon of an actor and starred in acclaimed dramas during the early part of his career including Rounders, American History X, and Fight Club. Right from the start of his career, Norton set himself out as one of the industry’s hottest talents. His portrayal of Lester “Worm” Murphy in Rounders alongside Matt Damon and John Malkovich is still a fan favorite. So much so that PartyPoker reveals that every few years rumors circulate about a sequel. And the sequel is looking even more possible after Matt Damon recently revealed that the writers of the film have a story in mind.
Apart from actress Emma Watson (who plays Belle), it may be hard at first to make out the voices behind the CGI characters in the live-action musical film 2017 Beauty and The Beast. However, once you hear Mrs. Potts sing, you can easily identify Emma Thompson.
Thompson’s performance as the singing teapot was met with acclaim with The Telegraph stating that she fits the role perfectly.
If you take a quick look at Cameron Diaz’s filmography, you can see that the actress has done it all. From Charlie’s Angels to Gangs of New York, there is a reason why in 2015, she was the third highest-grossing U.S. domestic box office actress. One of her most recent roles is as the villainous Miss Hannigan in the 2014 remake of the musical classic Annie. Diaz has three performances in the film: “Easy Street”, “Little Girls,” and “Who Am I”.