Acting ain’t for everyone. Some musicians like Jennifer Hudson, Mos Def, Beyonce, and Tyrese fell naturally into the business with great success. Others dropped with a resounding thud, delivering performances worthy of the not-so-coveted Razzie.
We’ve shown you actors who could quit their day job to sing and singers who probably should quit their day job for something else, now take a look at our list of singers who should definitely NOT quit their day job to act.
Kelly’s acting performance in Freddy vs. Jason was straight out of a B movie, and we don’t mean Beyoncé. Though she tried to replicate Beyoncé’s acting success, her first attempt at the trade failed miserably.
Three words: 2-Headed Shark Attack. Or is that two words? Well, whatever, it was bad man, really bad. But in Brooke’s defense the film was done that way intentionally.
A musical movie all about Mariah Carey making it in the music business, who wouldn’t want to see that? Oh, wait, everyone. The only person who is into Mariah Carey enough to want to see a movie all about Mariah Carey is Mariah Carey. Not only was the film an utter mess, but the acting on Ms. Carey’s part was extremely phony. The film was a flop at the box office and a joke to critics and viewers alike.
They say practice makes perfect but that just hasn’t proven true with Master P. The once popular rapper has a filmography that includes over 20 films and TV shows but his acting skills really haven’t gotten much better. His appearance on son Romeo’s old Nickelodeon show Romeo was especially cringe-worthy.
There’s just no two ways to slice it: Snoop just isn’t a very good actor. Every performance is the same delivery. In fact, come to think of it, Snoop’s acting isn’t so much acting as it is him playing himself in every role. Our guess is, though, that’s why they hired him in the first place.
A pop princess’s reign just isn’t complete without a stab at the movies. Britney took hers back in 2002 with the film Crossroads about a young girl and her friends ditching their small hometown in pursuit of music careers. The film was all too dull and contrived, and Spears was a little too sugary, but what is pop if not sweet? We all know the film was made to pander to Britney’s young female fan base and to shake a little more cash out of their parents.
Purple Rain might be a “classic,” but the question is, classic what? As a movie it reeked of poor acting and sketchy plot. It was also unintentionally funny. Prince did his pop due diligence by making the film–as all pop stars must (see: Britney Spears) but his performance fell flat as did all of his films.
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Mama I Want to Sing was an admirable first effort for Ciara, but she was lacking two minor things: vocal ability and acting ability. No big deal, really. It was only a movie about a girl who sings. The audience probably never noticed. To be fair, she’s not the worst singer or the worst actress but is that really saying much?
V-Ice’s film debut Cool as Ice tanked so bad the director, David Kellogg, later disowned the film. Vanilla Ice’s performance was named by Blender as the 7th worst performance by a musician turned actor.
Unfortunately, much like his solo career, Ringo’s acting career hit a wall. His appearance in the mostly dialogue-free slapstick comedy Caveman about a prehistoric clan is enigmatic to say the least.
We’re not sure about the good Dr. He was decent in The Wash, believable even, but his Training Day performance seemed as though he was trying a little too hard to be a thug, which should come naturally to him.
If mumbling through one’s lines was good acting, Bob Dylan would be as great an actor as he is a musician.
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The First Lady of R & B sang beautifully in The Fighting Temptations but the parts where she actually had to speak were a little sketchy. Her delivery felt contrived and reminiscent of an after school special.
It’s not unusual to act like yourself, yet somehow Tom Jones couldn’t even legitimately pull that off in the film Mars Attacks. In his defense, though, Mars Attacks is one of the most outlandishly silly movies with an all star cast ever made. Not sure anybody in the film was too worried about how they might look.