Alan Rickman was stunned to learn his Cbgb co-star Keene Mcrae was from Alabama at the end of the movie, because the newcomer mimicked rock star Sting so well the veteran was convinced he was British. Rickman, who plays CBGB club boss Hilly Kristal in the new movie, is friends with the former The Police frontman and he complimented McRae on perfecting the singer's soft-spoken Geordie accent.
But director Randall Miller admits the young star with a bright future wasn't all he appeared to be.
He tells WENN, "Keene McRae, who plays Sting, was a casting call guy who was amazing and came from Alabama. Alan is actually friends with Sting in real life and Keene came in and did an amazing accent.
"He said he was from Birmingham, Alabama and we said, 'No you're from Birmingham, England, and you're never gonna say you're not,' so he kept that accent until he finished shooting.
"On his last day we said, 'Now you can tell Alan now where you're really from!' He was astonished."
The new film captures the sights and sounds of the New York punk mecca during its late 1970s heyday and features Foo Fighters star Taylor Hawkins as Iggy Pop, Malin Akerman as Blondie star Debbie Harry, Justin Bartha as Dead Boys frontman Stiv Bators and Joel David Moore as Joey Ramone.
Filmmaker Randall Miller's Cbgb biopic and Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong's documentary Broadway Idiot will headline this year's (13) CBGB Film Festival in New York. The two movies will launch the five-day event on 9 October (13), a week after CBGB's premiere in Los Angeles. The film follows the story of Hilly Kristal's fabled New York club from its conception as a venue for Country, Bluegrass and Blues (CBGB) to what it ultimately became - the birthplace of underground rock 'n roll and punk.
It features Malin Akerman as Blondie singer Debbie Harry, Alan Rickman as Kristal and Taylor Hawkins as Iggy Pop.
This year's CBGB Film Festival will also feature movies and documentaries about Husker Du star Grant Hart, Killing Joke, post-punk/funk band E.S.G. and London punk icon Bruno Wizard.
The Hangover star Justin Bartha underwent extensive waxing to play punk icon Stiv Bators in new movie Cbgb. The actor realised he would have to get rid of his body hair as he researched his role as The Dead Boys frontman, and went all out to look smooth.
Bartha explains, "They took the Jew right out of me... I got it all waxed, baby! Stiv used to do some drugs and drive down the highway and they (bandmates) used to moon people while they were driving... He also gets oral sex onstage (in the movie).
"Normally, I have some hair on my body and I knew I would have to lose some weight (to play Bators), and on the way to the gym there was a sign that I would pass everyday that was for a waxing place... I had to do it."
But he admits his first, and possibly last, full waxing was a humiliating experience: "You go into this room with a woman that clearly does this everyday... I did my arms and my chest and then I was like, 'Can I please have the between-the-cheeks,' and she was like, 'Sure, flip over!' as if I asked for a piece of gum... It was humiliating."
The new CBGB film also features new mum Malin Akerman as Debbie Harry, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins as Iggy Pop and Alan Rickman as club owner Hilly Kristal.
Late owner Hilly Kristal kept artifacts from his legendary Bowery haunt after he was forced to close CBGB in 2008 and the dusty items helped give Randall Miller's new movie about the place added authenticity when the producers were offered free range of the forgotten decor.
Film spokesperson Nadine Jolson tells WENN, "Hilly knew this stuff had historical value and he ripped it all out before shutting CBGB down. It represented over three decades of music history.
"When we started work on the film in Savannah, we were offered the bar, telephone booth, urinals and various bits of CBGB history. It's amazing. The bar has all these names scrawled on it."
But actress Ashley Greene, who plays Kristal's daughter Lisa in the film, had a shock when she had to use the original club cash register in one scene.
Jolson explains, "She opened it and there was the skeleton of a dead mouse in there."
The CBGB artifacts have now been returned to storage. The new owners of the items hope to recreate the club for real at another venue.
The Florida native is set to play Lisa Kristal, the daughter of the fabled Big Apple punk hotspot owner Hilly Kristal, in the much-anticipated project, which begins production in Georgia later this month (Jun12), and nervous Greene admits she's reached out to the real Kristal for research purposes, revealing the two have been getting to know one another over video chat programme Skype.
She tells E! News, "It's a little nerve-racking to play someone who existed, who's a real person that's still alive. You're like, 'Oh, they can yell at me if I do a bad job!' But it's going to be cool to get to talk to her about it (film) and (learn about) personal experiences from her. I get to Skype with (Lisa) on Sunday (24Jun12)! I'm really excited about that... She's kind of amazing."
And the 25 year old just hopes she can do her fiery character justice.
She adds, "It's going to be a fun adventure for me because I haven't really played someone who is that tough yet. I want to make sure I get it right without making her... she's not a b**ch! She's just very... she's a New Yorker. They have a specific personality and air about them. They're survivors."
CBGB, which hosted a slew of punk and new wave artists in its heyday - including Blondie and The B-52's, closed in 2006 after 33 years. Greene's father in the biopic will be played by Alan Rickman.
The actress joins Alan Rickman, who will play her father, Malin Akerman, Taylor Hawkins and Sting's daughter Mickey Sumner in the film, which starts shooting in Georgia later this month (Jun12).
Akerman will portray Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry in the film, while Foo Fighters drummer Hawkins will make his movie debut as Iggy Pop, and Sumner has been cast as New York punk icon Patti Smith.
The Watchmen star will portray the Call Me singer in upcoming Hilly Kristal biopic CBGB and she admits it's a role she thought she could only dream of playing.
She tells WENN, "I love Debbie Harry, and Blondie. It's so funny, we have in our bathroom - I did a whole collage on the wall of just musicians that my husband and I love - because our bathroom sucks and I had to make it look nice, so I have five pictures of Debbie Harry in that collage. It's amazing; it's like a vision board almost!"
And now, to make her dream complete, Akerman is hoping to meet her idol before she hits the set in character next month (Jul12).
She adds, "I did get to meet Clem (Burke), her drummer and talk to him a little bit about her and what she's like. Hopefully I'll get a chance to speak to her as well."
But the actress, who once fronted rock band The Peddle Stones, has no idea if she'll be asked to belt out a Blondie classic in the film, directed by Randall Miller.
She explains, "I don't know if I'll be singing or lip-syncing. It's a smaller budget film and a five-week shoot, so I don't know if they'll have the ability to re-record the songs. We're just talking about it right now."
Alan Rickman is excited about playing New York club boss Hilly Kristal in a new movie, because he missed out on visiting legendary venue Cbgb in his youth.
The British actor takes the lead role in the movie, alongside a star-studded cast including Foo Fighters rocker Taylor Hawkins, who will make his acting debut as Iggy Pop, and Sting's actress daughter Mickey Sumner, who is slated to portray punk icon Patti Smith.
And Rickman can't wait to begin the shoot in Savannah, Georgia this summer (12).
He tells Britain's Daily Telegraph, "Sadly I never got to go to the club when it was around, but they're reconstructing it as we speak in a studio in Savannah so I'll have my second youth there. I'll get what might be called the vibe when I go there in three weeks, I'll be vibing."
Sting's actress daughter Mickey Sumner has landed the coveted role of punk icon Patti Smith in star-studded new movie CBGB.
Sumner was added to the cast on Monday (04Jun12), alongside Foo Fighters rocker Taylor Hawkins, who will make his acting debut as Iggy Pop in the film about late New York club boss Hilly Kristal, portrayed by Alan Rickman.
The twosome joins Johnny Galecki and Steven Schub, who will play Terry Ork and DeeDee Ramone in the film, and sexy Malin Akerman, who will play Blondie star Debbie Harry.
Also among the cast: Evan Alex Cole as Richard Hell, Avatar star Joel David Moore as Joey Ramone, Stana Katic and Rupert Grint.
Filming will begin in Savannah, Georgia and New York City later this month (Jun12).
Movie spokeswoman Nadine Jolson tells WENN, "The story will follow Kristal who dreamed of having a Country, Bluegrass and Blues club in New York City. When he had difficulty finding country and blues bands, he opened his doors to local acts. He had one demand of the acts he booked: They could only play their own original music.
"Living on a couch in the back of the club for the first two years, Hilly could barely make ends meet. Nevertheless, CBGB became such a well-respected haunt for artists that many bands begged Hilly for a chance to play."