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‘Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story’ Creators Remember the Obsessive, Dirty Details That Made It Great

‘Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story’ Creators Remember the Obsessive, Dirty Details That Made It Great

With “Rocketman” set to delight audiences with another tale of how a rock icon found fame and fortune, let’s remember the movie that did it better than all the rest: the 2007 film “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.” While not an actual biopic, a recent oral history for The Ringer shows just how much work went into making sure that the parody shone as brightly as the real thing.

To tell the story of the fictional Johnny Cash-like rocker portrayed by John C. Reilly, they built seven hotel rooms and three music studios, with music director Michael Andrews overseeing the creation of 45-50 songs within six months. “John was literally on set all day and then we’d record at night,” he said. “He was working around the clock making these records.”

Said songwriter Charlie Wadhams, “The description they gave me for ‘Guilty As Charged’ was something like,

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