Actors who haven’t really sung in the movies


We asked the BuzzFeed community to tell us the tricks and lies that their favorite actors have pulled on them. Here are the musical dupes for which you probably fell in love.


Rami Malek won the Best Actor Oscar for Bohemian Rhapsody, but the vocals in the film were mostly old tapes from Freddie Mercury.

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Malek spent countless hours preparing for the role, imitating Mercury’s movements and speaking with a fake overbite, but according to Rolling Stone magazine, “One thing he couldn’t recreate was the voice. chanted by Mercury. Most of the film’s vocals are based on one or the other voice from Queen’s master tapes or new recordings by Marc Martel, a Canadian Christian rock singer whose voice is almost identical to that of the late leader.



Even if Jennifer Lopez had to sing during her audition for Selena, they didn’t end up using his real voice in the film.


Marion Cotillard took singing lessons for her role as Edith Piaf in Life in pink, even if it synchronized on the lips in the film.


Cotillard said she spent more than six months in this role, and the hardest part was learning to sing like Piaf because it was so technical. She finally won her the Oscar for Best Actress in 2008.



BD Wong provided Shang Li’s speaking voice in Mulan, but it was Donny Osmond who sang the iconic number “I’m going to make you a man”.

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Osmond even sang this iconic song during Disney’s Singalong family special in April 2020.

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assumed George Clooney would be a good singer because his aunt was the legendary Rosemary Clooney. They made him record a song and immediately realized that they had to hire someone else to provide the voice.


Clooney knew he was not the best singer, so he decided to have fun with the producers: “They replayed him and hoped that if I heard him, I would know it was terrible. It looked like a cat run over by a semi, but I wanted them to suffer a little more, so I said it was great. Clooney finally told them he was good with lip sync, so they hired Dan Tyminski to provide the voice for his character. “



Even though Hilary Duff played both Lizzie and Isabella in Lizzie McGuire Movie, she did not sing the two parts. Her sister, Haylie, actually provided the singing voice to Isabella.

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Haylie also starred in a few episodes of Lizzie McGuire on Disney Channel. She played Kate Sanders’ equally naughty cousin, Amy.

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Christopher Plummer sang only tiny bits of each song The sound of music. They dubbed most of his songs with the voice of Bill Lee.

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Christopher Plummer went into detail on the entire dubbing process on The sound of music, saying, “It was very well done. The inputs and outputs of the songs were my voice, then they filled up – back then, they were very picky about matching voices in musicals. “

Lee was an actor himself, voicing and singing for characters in more than a dozen Disney movies, such as Cinderella, Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, and The jungle Book.



Wendy Makkena, who played Sister Mary Robert in the Sister law films, synchronized on the lips all the song of his character.

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Andrea Robinson provided the sung voice for both Sister law movies. She also sang “Athena’s Song” in The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning.



Jonathan Taylor Thomas provided the voice of Young Simba in The Lion King, but Jason Weaver provided the sung voice.


You probably know Jason Weaver better than Marcus Henderson in Smart guy or like Michael Jackson in The Jacksons: an American dream, but in the early 90s, he was Young Simba’s uncredited singing voice.

Weaver revealed that Disney originally offered him $ 2 million to provide the singing voice for Young Simba, but his mother knew about Disney’s power and insisted on a royalty agreement. They settled on $ 100,000 plus royalties, and over time, it made far more than the original $ 2 million.



And even if Matthew Broderick recorded two songs under the name of Simba, the voice was eventually provided by Joseph Williams, who you could recognize as the lead singer of Toto.


Williams was the lead singer for Toto from 1986 to 1988 and from 2010 to 2019. He has also worked on the soundtrack for dozens of films, ranging from Perfect, at The Goonies, at Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. He sang as Simba for “Hakuna Matata” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”.



Rebecca Ferguson wasn’t really the one who made you cry during Jenny Lind’s “Never Enough” ballad in The Greatest Showman.

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Loren Allred, whom you could recognize as a candidate on The voice in the United States in 2012, actually provided the character’s voice for the film.



Audrey Hepburn didn’t really sing My beautiful lady. The real song was provided by Marni Nixon.

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Nixon first started as a messenger at MGM. They wanted to prepare her to become a starlet, but after hearing her sung voice, she became a “ghost” (basically anyone who did uncredited vocal work for the studios).

Her singing voice was used for Eliza Doolittle on screen, and in 1964 she even played Doolittle herself in New York when the show resumed. She was a true legend and provided the voice for several iconic films, including Cinderella, The sound of music (she played sister Sophia), Gentlemen prefer blondes (singing for Marilyn Monroe), and even Mulan.



Marni Nixon also sang for Deborah Kerr in The king and I, which should be kept secret. The film’s soundtrack sold hundreds of thousands of copies, but Nixon only received $ 420 for his work.


Nixon was eventually threatened by Twentieth Century Fox to remain silent about her voice-over work: “You always had to sign a contract so that nothing was revealed … They said, if anyone knows that you have made a game dubbing for Deborah Kerr, we’ll make sure you don’t work in the city anymore. Could you imagine? I was very afraid. “



And Marni Nixon also sang for Natalie Wood in West side story, which was a shock for Wood because she has already filmed everything.

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After Natalie Wood filmed her role, the studio said her voice was not good enough and that she would be replaced (Wood apparently burst out of the studio, angry). As a result, instead of letting the actress imitate the pre-recorded singing voice, the roles were reversed this time: “I had to try to match her breath and her pronunciation with the sound of her voice. “

West side story won the award for best film, along with nine other Oscars, in 1962. It was the first time that Nixon felt that she deserved appropriate credit for her invisible work: “The anonymity didn’t bother me until what I sing the songs of Natalie Wood in West side story… I saw how important my song was for the image. I was giving my talent and someone else was taking the credit. Shortly after, it became common for ghost singers to receive credits and royalties for their work.



And, of course, the singing voice of Zac Efron was not really used in the first High School Musical movie. This was provided by Drew Seeley.

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Efron revealed that he was a little blind when he discovered that his voice was not featured: “In the first film, after everything was recorded, my voice was not on them. I haven’t really been given an explanation. happened this way. Efron finally pushed for his singing voice to appear in both suites, and it did.


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