He's already played the devil's guitarist in Crossroads, and now Steve Vai is portraying another conflicted sort - Hank Williams, in the new film Crazy.
Crazy tells the story of Hank Garland, the emotionally unstable guitarist who rose to fame in the early 1950s as Nashville's top session player. Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams - all of them turned to Garland for his innovative artistry on the guitar.
Actor Waylon Payne plays Garland, whose career was cut short in 1961 after a crippling near-fatal car accident (the guitarist died in 2004). Ali Larter portrays Garland's beautiful but troubled wife, Evelyn.
But when it comes to picture-perfect casting, you can't beat Steve Vai as country legend Hank Williams. No doubt Vai, always something of a fashion plate, couldn't wait to slip into Williams's flashy Grand Ol' Opry cowboy suit. And being that he's one of the film's executive producers, he had a leg up on the competition.
Check out the trailer for Crazy here.
By Joe Bosso