First Suicide Squad is getting a slew of bad reviews, then it's getting lawsuits for false advertising, now it's getting accused by Die Antwoord of ripping off their style! Die Antwoord is the South African rap-rave group formed in Cape Town in 2008 by rappers Ninja and Yolandi Visser. You may recognize them from their acting roles in the 2015 movie Chappie directed by Neill Blomkamp. They have recently posted pics on social media accusing David Ayer, the director of Suicide Squad, for stealing their styles and incorporating them into his movie and characters. You know what, Die Antwoord? You are not the first musicians to have a style that help influence parts of a movie. Hollywood has been doing well before you ever dropped your first sick beat. You should be grateful that someone digs your personal style.
Here are five times a movie character was inspired by a musician's style.
Johnny Depp Conjured His Inner Keith Richards
Remember when the first Pirates of the Caribbean came out in during the summer of 2003? We got see Johnny Depp appear as the ever witty and resourceful Jack Sparrow. Everyone was enamored with his acting and mannerisms. People were trying to figure out who he reminded them of whenever he swayed and grinned. Guess what? Johnny Depp revealed that part of his character of Jack Sparrow was inspired by Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones. So much so, that in the sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Keith Richards was introduced as Jack Sparrow's father! You never know, Die Antwoord — you could make an appearance as Harley Quinn's parents in her origin story.
James Franco A Rapper?
In the titular spring break movie, Spring Breakers (2013), not only did we get to see some bikini-clad singers like Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, but we got to see a whacked-out James Franco. In order to play the drug-dealing, gun smuggler Alien, James Franco took styling cues from the rapper Riff Raff. James Franco denied these claims, and said he created his appearance based a rapper based in Florida. Regardless, Riff Raff decided to sue the creators of Spring Breakers for $10 million for "sampling" his life without his permission or a proper producer credit. What are you complaining about, Die Antwoord? You are lucky some of Hollywood's top actors used some of your fashion sense. Riff Raff had his identity ripped off by Seth Rogan's sidekick!
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Aladdin Wore Hammer Pants?
Hey, Die Antwoord, you can't touch this! I bet you didn't know that in order to capture the movements of Aladdin's pants in the Disney movie Aladdin, animator Glen Keane used MC Hammer music videos for reference. Let's see if someone from Suicide Squad decides to use some of your special movies! I can totally see Captain Boomerang busting out some gangsta swagger!
Channing Tatum Goes Broadway!
Earlier this year in the movie Hail, Ceasar! by the Cohen Brothers, Channing Tatum got to show off some of his dance moves. Not just any dance moves, but broadway tap dancing! Sorry ladies, if you want to see him dance topless, you can only watch him Magic Mike. You never know, he may rip off his shirt in Marvel's Gambit if it ever starts shooting. The Navy-inspired dance number owes everything to Gene Kelly’s performances in On the Town and Anchors Aweigh.
The Beatles Inspired Vultures?
Did you ever see Disney's 1967 The Jungle Book? Do you remember the vultures? I bet you don't remember their names: Buzzie, Flaps, Ziggy, and Dizzy. But you might know them better as John, Paul, George and Ringo. That's right! Disney vultures that appear in The Jungle Book are parodies of the famous British band, The Beatles! You can see the resemblance in the floppy hair, and four of them are huddled together on a branch. The one vulture in the upper left even has a large nose that resembles Ringo Starr's trademarked nose.
There you have it, five actors that resemble or stole the style from famous musicians.
See what else the Suicide Squad is remarkably similar to by watching the Movie Pilot original video below:
What do you peeps think of Die Antwoord's reaction to their claim of possible aesthetic theft from David Ayer?