Tuesday, 12 January 2016

In Memory of David Bowie (1947-2016)

David Bowie (1947-2016)

Hello, movie-goers, this is an important news update that you might like to read. As some of you won't know, actor/singer/musician David Bowie has now passed on at the age of 69 after an eighteen month struggle of fighting cancer. Bowie was famous not only for his memorable songs, flamboyance and identity of Ziggy Stardust, he was best known for his roles such as those in the sci-fi drama 'The Man Who Fell to Earth' and as Jareth in the musical fantasy 'Labyrinth'.

There is too much to talk about David Bowie in terms of his long musical career but his acting was shorter than his lifetime with rock music and it all began when Bowie first appeared in a short film and it wasn't until nine years later that he had his breakthrough role in 'The Man Who Fell to Earth' where he earned all the acclaim for his performance. Shortly after the film's success, he went to star in other features. Around the same year in 1986 where he was filming a rock musical titled Absolute Beginners which would later end as a commercial disaster in Britain. Bowie was then approached by Muppet creator/director Jim Henson and executive producer George Lucas to star in their soon to be project Labyrinth after two of Jim's sons persuaded their father to cast him instead of Sting who was Henson's first choice for Jareth. While not acting as the evil Goblin King, Bowie wrote all the film's songs and did the singing for himself. In the late 80s, whilst concentrating his music, David Bowie continued his acting career in films like Martin Scorsese's controversial religious epic 'The Last Temptation of Christ', 'The Linguini Incident', 'Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me', 'The Prestige' and 'August' which would end up being his final movie role. Bowie appeared in a minor and pivotal role as Andy Warhol in 'Basquiat' and as himself in the Ben Stiller comedy 'Zoolander'. He has voice acted the role of the antagonist Malthazar in the part animated and part live action film of 'Arthur and the Invisibles'.

Bowie also provided the theme track "Putting Out the Fire" for the horror film Cat People in 1982 and most of his classic songs he previously sung are placed into numerous features such as 'Happy Feet Two', 'Guardians of the Galaxy', 'The Life Aquatic with Steve Zizzou', 'Rush', 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty', 'Moulin Rouge' and most recently 'The Martian'.

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