Rock Stars on Film: 20 Musicians Moonlighting as Actors

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Gallery:  20 musicians moonlighting as actors

You think Jared Leto is a lousy rock star? Try watching one of David Bowie’s movies.

For every actor who decides to moonlight as a musician there is an equally bored and deluded lead singer who thinks he deserves an Oscar. Sometimes we’re pleasantly surprised — hey, who didn’t love Gwen Stefani in “The Aviator”? But more often than not we’re cringing in our seats before the opening credits are over.

Above is a gallery of the good, bad and ugly cinematic endeavors of our favorite rockers.

Bummed we missed Ice Cube in “Anaconda”? Meat Loaf in “Fight Club”? J. Lo in, well, just about everything?

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Rock Star vs Actor

Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix

Looking like the ghost of Jerry Garcia, Joaquin Phoenix announced, via backwards knuckle scrawl, that he’ll be leaving acting to pursue a music career. Hopefully that idea will last as long as the ink on his hands, or he might wind up in MySpace band obscurity like Russell Crowe! Although, Joaquin certainly is talented, has a handsome voice, and we could watch him swagger all day. However, we’re worried the “Walk The Line” Oscar nom went to his head. It’s easy to feel like a successful musician when you’re pretending you’re Johnny Cash, but will the Phoenix be able to rise as a rock star? It remains to be seen. But is he really picking a better life for himself? Let’s help him see the light with a face off: rock star vs. actor!