10 Musicians and the Actors Who Were Born to Play Them

Whoever cast Al Pacino as record producer/songwriter/murderer Phil Spector in HBO’s upcoming biopic is a genius. Even though the pair aren’t exactly body doubles (they are both relatively small men), it’s an exciting choice. Pacino has made a career out of playing dark, bizarre, and morally complex characters, from Sonny Wortzik in Dog Day Afternoon and Bobby in The Panic in Needle Park to Angels in America‘s Roy Cohn and Jack Kevorkian. We can’t wait to see what he’ll do with the role of one of pop culture’s greatest contradictions — a man who had the capacity to both make beautiful music and kill. The news of Pacino’s casting got us thinking about other musicians and the actors who were born to play them. Ten of our picks are after the jump.

Wayne Coyne and Sam Trammell

Are we the only ones who have noticed how much True Blood co-star Sam Trammell resembles Wayne Coyne? There’s the face shape, the cheekbones, the shaggy-yet-dignified salt-and-pepper hair. But that isn’t all they have in common: Coyne grew up in Oklahoma and, despite his adventures in psychedelic oddness, has always had the air of a Southern gentleman. Trammell grew up in New Orleans and West Virginia and is putting his knowledge of the South to good use playing Bon Temps’s sweetest (and most troubled) barkeep. We think it would be a good fit.