24 surprisingly good acting roles by musicians

It’s no secret that movies and music have a torrid love affair: Plenty of famous actors have started bands. Look closely, and you’ll find band merch in your favourite flicks (and we were beyond stoked to find Michael Cera wearing a Plumtree ringer tee in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World). Although a lot of musicians’ first stabs at acting have gone over horribly with filmgoers and critics—see: Vanilla Ice in Cool As Ice—more than a few pop stars have knocked it out of the park when it came time to commit themselves to celluloid.

These are some of our favourites


Jack White in Cold Mountain

White played Elvis Presley—a fitting role—in 2007’s Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, but he was also excellent in Cold Mountain. Though hardly a star (the Academy Award-winning film also starred his then-girlfriend Renee Zellweger, Jude Law and Nicole Kidman), he played a brief role as an ex-Confederate war deserter. His character’s name? Georgia, which, admittedly, has a better ring that “Michigan.”