Montgomery Clift immersed himself in the role of Prewitt, learning to play the bugle (despite knowing he'd be dubbed) and taking boxing training. "Clift drove the other performers to be far better than they were," stated Fred Zinnemann. That's the only way I can describe it. He made them feel like stars by making himself look like one.
After the movie was released, people started writing songs about it. One song in particular became a hit. It's called "Shine On Brightly." The lyrics say: "I've heard it said by those who knew him best / That Montgomery Clift could play the trumpet / But there's one little problem -- he didn't."
The problem is that while playing the bugle on set, Clift hit his head on a beam and died. So, no, he couldn't have played the trumpet after all.
Boseman was considered as a highly hands-on performer, and several fresh anecdotes about him have emerged after his death. According to Atlanta Black Star, Chadwick Boseman studied the trumpet hard, playing on set after scenes and when the actors returned to their hotel. He also reportedly used music to help him deal with stress from filming.
Chadwick Boseman also participated in two documentaries about black musicians: one that focused on Louis Armstrong and another one that focused on Duke Ellington. He also wrote a book about jazz musician John Coltrane called Giant Steps.
In conclusion, Chadwick Boseman did not merely play the trumpet on screen but he also practiced really hard to become an expert on the instrument.
Montgomery Clift studied the piano in preparation for the scene in which he performs "The Joys of Love" to Olivia de Havilland. But unlike de Havilland, who enjoyed music, Clift was only able to play simple pieces. During the shooting of the movie, Clift broke his wrist while rehearsing the song and had to leave the set.
Clift did not have any other role in the film. However, he received critical acclaim for his performance and won the Academy Award for Best Actor.
In addition to acting, Clift also modeled clothing during his career. He appeared in more than 100 magazines and newspapers around the world. In 1970, he became the first American actor to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
During his lifetime, Clift suffered from depression and drug addiction. On July 2, 1966, he died at the age of 41 after drowning himself in a lake near his home in California.
Uncredited appearances Miller sideman Johnny Best performed George Montgomery's on-screen trumpet performance on the soundtrack. Chummy MacGregor, pianist for the Glenn Miller Orchestra, dubbed Cesar Romero's playing. In 1953, Harry Morgan played MacGregor in the film The Glenn Miller Story.
Montgomery was a popular trumpeter who worked with several bands during his career. He died at the young age of 36 in an automobile crash.
Denzel Washington and Wesley Snipes were coached by musicians Terence Blanchard and Donald Harrison to replicate the playing of the instruments they play in the film (trumpet and saxophone). Terence Blanchard performs Denzel Washington's trumpet, while Branford Marsalis plays Wesley Snipes' sax.
They also wore custom-made suits made by the same tailor who has dressed Robert DeNiro.
In addition, there are several scenes where it looks like Washington is playing a double bass. He is not; this is actually a double bass guitar played by his son, Preston.
Denzel Washington won an Oscar for his performance as U.S. Marshal William McComb in 1989's Malcolm X.
He also has two other Oscars: for Best Actor in 1992 for their adaptation of the Arthur Miller play The Magnificent Seven and for Best Actor in 2016 for 1917.
Denzel Washington has been nominated 13 times overall and has won three awards.
His films have earned over $1 billion at the box office worldwide and he has won numerous accolades including two Oscars.