7 Facts You Might Not Know about 'Almost Famous'

It’s sort of based on a true story

Almost Famous was written and directed by Cameron Crowe, who found inspiration for the movie very easily.

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One musician believes his band was an inspiration for the film

Crowe claims that a variety of musical performers he had interacted with during his Rolling Stone days served as the inspiration for the band Stillwater and their exploits.

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A real band got thrown into the mix

Soon after Crowe decided on the moniker Stillwater, an obstacle appeared. Stillwater was a legitimate, little-known Southern rock group that put out a few albums in the 1970s.

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One rock star helped with the film

Not only was Peter Frampton a terrific Simpsons guest star once, but he was also a major musician in the 1970s.

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Another musician provided songs as well

What about the other three Stillwater original songs in the film? Crowe and Nancy Wilson, who was in Heart with her sister Ann, co-wrote them.

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The guitar work came from a notable source

Russell Hammond, Stillwater's lead guitarist, is portrayed by Billy Crudup. However, he did not perform the guitar work. Crowe looked to Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready for that.

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Crudup wasn’t the first choice for Russell

With all due respect to Crudup, the part of Hammond was nearly played by a real movie star. That role was given to Brad Pitt. But during the practice sessions.

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