Tom Cruise isn't the only movie star who knows how to rock
Next gallery »10 movies that rewrote history
« Previous gallery10 stories you might have missed: Will Smith iffy on 'I Am Legend 2'
Rate This Image
'Velvet Goldmine' (1998)
The fictional story of "Velvet Goldmine" had very real characters on which it was based: Jonathan Rhys Meyers' glam-rocker Brian Slade revolved around the "Ziggy Stardust" era of David Bowie, while Ewan McGregor's appropriately named Curt Wild represented a mash of Lou Reed and Iggy Pop. What unfolds is not what, in real life, totally transpired, but is a gorgeously horny exploration of death, commercial death, artistic sex and passion, trotting with the pulse of Christian Bale's mysterious fan and journalist Arthur Stuart. It's homage and ultimate fan-fic of the period.