Rock of Ages (2012) Poster



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Tom Cruise based his performance of Stacee Jaxx mostly on Jim Morrison and Axl Rose.
Tom Cruise took voice lessons for four and a half months. His routine included push-ups and ab work.
First ever musical for actor Tom Cruise.
Anne Hathaway and Amy Adams were offered the role of Constance, but both declined due conflicting schedule for a superhero film. Hathaway was busy shooting The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Adams was shooting Man of Steel (2013). Malin Akerman, who appeared in Watchmen (2009), was ultimately cast.
The scene set under the Hollywood sign was actually shot on a garbage dump landfill in Pompano Beach, Florida.
Seth Rogen turned down the role of Lonny, citing his lack of singing ability.
Taylor Swift was considered to play Sherrie, but Julianne Hough was cast.
Will Ferrell and Steve Carell were considered to play Dennis Dupree.
When Drew is clocking in at the "Bourbon" the first few notes of Steve Perry's 1984 hit single, "Oh, Sherrie" can be heard, an obvious connection to the character of Sherrie whom Drew is thinking about.
During the anti-rock protesters, who are obviously modeled on the Parents' Music Resource Center (the group who imposed the "Parental Advisory" warning stickers on recordings) performance of "Hit Me With Your Best Shot", they use the choreography from the ending of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" video.
Paul Gill is loosely based on Doc McGee, a noted rock manager who has managed such acts as Motley Crüe and Ozzy Osborne.
1980s bands Poison and Def Leppard performed live at the premiere with a Bourbon Room backdrop on the stage. Def Leppard dedicated their song Pour Some Sugar On Me to "our good friend Stacee Jaxx".
In the "song duel" outside the club, the anti-rock protesters, who are obviously modeled on the Parents' Music Resource Center (the group who imposed the "Parental Advisory" warning stickers on recordings), sing Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It." In real life, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister was one of the PMRC's most outspoken critics and testified against their proposals in the September 1985 Senate hearings.
Constantine Maroulis plays a record executive in this film. He originated the role of Drew Boley in the Broadway production and was nominated for the 2009 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance.
Gloria Estefan was considered for the role of Patricia Whitmore. She was so heavily favored for the part that she even substituted for Catherine Zeta-Jones at some of the table readings when Zeta-Jones was unavailable.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Olivia Wilde were considered for the role of Constance Sack before Malin Akerman was cast.
When Sherrie and Drew are in the record store a copy of the original 1984 Footloose (1984) soundtrack can be seen in front of Sherrie. Julianne Hough starred in the 2011 remake of Footloose (2011).
When Lonny calls the audience "a foul and pestilent congregation of vapors," he is quoting Shakespeare's "Hamlet," Act II, Scene 2.
WILHELM SCREAM: When one of the members of the Z-guyeezz gets thrown off The Bourbon Room stage and falls to the floor.


Nuno Bettencourt:  former guitarist/vocalist for the band Extreme (Who's song "More Than Words" is featured in the film.), singing "We Built This City" with the supporters of The Bourbon Room.
Sebastian Bach:  the former lead singer of Skid Row is in the crowd next to Russell Brand during "We Built This City/We're Not Going To Take It". Skid Row's song "I Remember You" is heard playing in the Tower Records store while Drew and Sherrie are shopping.
Kevin Cronin:  lead singer of the band REO Speedwagon, singing "We Built This City" with the people supporting The Bourbon Room.
Deborah Gibson:  in the crowd of Bourbon Room supporters singing "We Built This City".
Eli Roth:  the music video director for the Z Guyeeezz's music video.

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