Deep down, most everyone thinks they could probably act if they wanted to, and that goes double for musicians. Once you’ve proven your talents as a tunesmith, it’s only natural that an opportunistic agent will look to put you forward for film roles, with the chance for exposure and easy money too tempting to pass up.
It doesn’t always work out, to say the least. Musicians of all talents - from Jessica Simpson to Prince - have tried their hand at the thespian game, only to realise it’s not quite as easy as standing on the right spot and saying your lines. It can lead to red faces and box office disasters.
When a musician pulls it off, though, the results can be superb. A non-professional actor brings something different to the screen, their lack of tutelage making their approach intrinsically distinct from the performers around them.
While the following may not all be the most technically gifted performers, they have utilised their star power and transferable skills to shine in the movies and on TV. Their talent is undeniable, as well as completely unfair.