Musician Jenni Rivera died in a tragic plane crash, ending the life of one of music’s top Latin-American talents. However, it also seems like the movie world lost an acting talent as well. Legendary actor Edward James Olmos spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about the star and mentioned that her upcoming big-screen debut, “Filly Brown,” could have earned the star an Academy Award for her performance.
Olmos also stars in the movie and recorded a song with Rivera for the film. In ‘Filly Brown,’ Rivera stars as an incarcerated drug addict whose daughter is a young Los Angeles rapper. Lou Diamond Phillips and Gina Rodriguez also appear in the movie, which was set for an April theatrical release.
While it is uncommon, there have been a number of high profile entertainers who appeared in movies released posthumously after their deaths. Here is a look at some key instances.
Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight” – Clearly, the most famous, recent case of a posthumous release involved Heath Ledger, who died at the young age of 28, following an accidental overdose. There were two movies released after his death, but the most popular is easily “The Dark Knight,” which the Academy Awards honored him with an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor after his death.
Brandon Lee, “The Crow” – One of the most tragic events in movies was when Brandon Lee was making “The Crow,” a movie based on a popular cult comic book. Lee, aged 28, died when he was struck with a blank from a gun, which included a bullet lodged in the cartridge. Lee died and the movie finished filming without him, using digital representations of the actor.
Bruce Lee, “Enter the Dragon” – Even sadder for the Lee family was that Brandon’s father, the legendary martial arts star Bruce Lee, also died while shooting a movie. While the movie, “Enter the Dragon,” was completed, Lee, 32, was working on dubbing the film when he suffered from seizures and headaches, and doctors diagnosed him with cerebral edema. He suffered them again the day of his death.
Aaliyah, “Queen of the Damned” – Aaliyah, another musician who branched out into acting, signed on to star in the adaptation of Anne Rice’s “Queen of the Damned” as Queen Akasha. However, before the movie could hit theaters, Aaliyah, 22, boarded a flight in the Bahamas back to America, but the plane crashed shortly after takeoff, killing everyone on board.
James Dean – James Dean only appeared in three films, but remains an icon and the true definition of living fast and dying hard. Dean died due to an auto accident when he was 24-years old. The month after his death, his first movie “Rebel Without a Cause” hit theaters. At the 1956 Oscars, Dean became the first person to receive a posthumous Oscar nomination for “East of Eden,” the only movie he lived to see released. “Giant,” released one year later, earned him his second posthumous nomination, the only actor to receive two following his death.
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