It's not uncommon for a performer in one particular art to try his or her hand at another form of entertainment. Musicians trying their hands at acting is the norm. When you think of musicians that try to play the thespian role, however, be honest, most of you are thinking of those artists that made successful transitions from behind the mike to in front of the camera. There's no question that Mark Wahlberg or Will Smith can act. Jennifer Hudson was amazing in "Dreamgirls" (2006). But, what about the huge number of relatively successful musicians that, for lack of a better word, plain suck at acting. There sure are a lot of them. These would-be actors are the top of the thespian crap pile…or the bottom, which ever way you look at it.
Goldmember" (2002) was supposed to be the hilarious final chapter of the "Austin Powers" series. Instead, it ends up being a showcase for Beyonce's lackluster overacting. You'll literally want to mute the movie when she sloppily delivers her lines. If you're a glutton for punishment, check out "The Pink Panther" (2006), and "Obsessed" (2009). Great stories, but bad acting
Bow Wow. Here's another case of a fish being a mile away from the water. He was a good rapper, when he was a kid. He must have needed something to occupy himself with, so he picked up "acting", if you want to call what he does acting. It's not that he's terrible, it's just that there are so many young African American actors that could play the roles he was given a lot better than he can. "Roll Bounce" (2005) is probably this musician turned actor's best performance.
Janet Jackson. You knew she'd be on here. Though a legendary musical artist, not to be outdone by the other talented Jackson in her family, Janet Jackson just doesn't have it as an actress. "Poetic Justice" (1993) should have been the first indicator that acting wasn't her cup of tea, but no. She keeps finding her way into movies. She did a marginally acceptable job in "The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps" as Eddie Murphy's love interest, Denise, but for the most part her talent is in the realm of song and dance. At least she's been relegated to reoccurring roles in Tyler Perry flicks. She should fit right in. Most of the actors in Tyler Perry's movies can't act either.
Prince. Musical genius, but an acting dunce. Call it a classic if you want, but "Purple Rain" (1984) and its follow up films were just bad. Seriously. John Witherspoon, the guy that played Prince's father in "Purple Rain" was the only person that could act… in any of the three films Prince made. Apparently Prince has some sort of cult following for his 1984 "masterpiece" of a film. Everyone else is wondering when that cult is going to drink the punch.
David Bowie. David Bowie has acted in over 30 titles. Some of which he performed relatively well in. Why shouldn't he ever act again? Well, Mr. Bowie played the Goblin King in one particular flick, "Labyrinth" 1986). As kids movies go, this film is excellent. David Bowie did a fantastic job. But, there's no excuse for him to have his junk swinging around for young kids to see. Every costume he wore accentuated his man-package. Children should have been going home having nightmares about goblins, not about little David Bowie. The past always comes back to get you doesn't it Dave?