Weekend Rock List: Best Musicians-Slash-Actors


After reading the I'm Not There feature in the current issue of Rolling Stone, rather than thinking about actors who play musicians (like in the Bob Dylan biopic), we started thinking about musicians who are also actors. For instance, nothing beats the thrill of watching a really horrible film, like Torque or The Rage: Carrie 2, and suddenly seeing X's John Doe come on screen. To pay tribute to those artists that double as talented actors, we ask you which artists pulling double-duty are your favorites. On Monday, we'll hand out our Oscars for the Best Acting Musicians. Although we're really tempted to throw Reba McEntire on this list based solely on her performance in Tremors, these are our five picks:

  • David Bowie (Labyrinth, The Man Who Fell to Earth)

  • Mos Def (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 16 Blocks)

  • Kris Kristofferson (Silver City, A Star Is Born)

  • Courtney Love (The People Vs. Larry Flynt, Sid & Nancy)

  • Tom Waits (Down By Law, Short Cuts)

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