I believe it was the great Miley Cyrus who once professed how truly joyous it could be to have ‘the best of both worlds.’ The life of a musician is surely one that makes the common person envious. The screaming fans, the lavish parties, the unforgettable nights that you eventually forget due to the excess amount of booze – musicians truly have it all! However, much akin to Ariel while she’s fiddling around with thingamabobs and dinglehoppers, some want more.
On occasion, well-known musicians have been known to drop their microphones and pick up a script, diving head first into acting rather than a screeching crowd. Here are eight of the most famous musician-turned-actors, including some who have even been rewarded for their chops.
8). Mark Wahlberg
Most people forget that before Mark Wahlberg, there was simply just ‘Marky Mark.’ Though we’re pushing it by calling the Ted star a musician, the Funky Bunch rapper did give us the rowdy 1991 hit single, “Good Vibrations,” which is honestly just a sweet sensation.
7). Meat Loaf
You’d think someone who has put out 12 studio albums would want to slow things down, but the “I’d Do Anything For Love” rocker won’t do that. Meat Loaf first appeared as Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and went on to appear in over 30 more films including an unforgettable turn as Bob in 1999’s Fight Club.
6). Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake has had more ups and downs at the box office than an elevator with mood swings. While he’s scored big with The Social Network, Inside Llewyn Davis and Friends with Benefits, he’s also hit a string of bottoms with Runner, Runner, In Time and an ill-advised turn as Boo Boo in the Yogi Bear movie.
5). Dwight Yoakam
Dwight Yoakam went from “Guitars, Cadillacs” to some of the most wacky movie appearances of anyone else on this list. While the country crooner steals the show in Sling Blade and even pops up in Wedding Crashers, his turn as the eccentric Doc Miles in Jason Statham’s Crank franchise is certainly a wonderfully odd appearance, to say the least.