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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

1

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.”