In his role as dos Santos, a singing sailor, Jorge performed several of Bowie’s songs in the film, including “Rebel, Rebel,” “Life on Mars” and “Starman.” But in a twist, he did it in Portuguese, accompanying himself simply with acoustic guitar.
Jorge would later re-record those songs, and more, for his album The Life Aquatic Studio Versions Featuring Seu Jorge.
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The fact that he sang them in Portugese, and admitted to having liberally changed the lyrics in many instances, didn’t faze Bowie, who had this to say in the album’s liner notes: "Had Seu Jorge not recorded my songs in Portuguese, I would never have heard this new level of beauty which he has imbued them with.”
In honor of Bowie's decades-long career and his surprise death on Sunday at age 69 following an 18-month cancer battle, here are some of Jorge’s covers from the film The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou: