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24 surprisingly good acting roles by musicians

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Prince in Purple Rain

Forget about Under the Cherry Moon or New Girl. Purple Rain, both the movie and the album, are stone-cold classics. The film is an egotistical, barely hidden allusion to the singer’s ascension: It follows The Kid, an enigmatic, purple motorcycle-riding guitar genius who competes for rock supremacy. Does it sound awful? Sure. But the only reason it works is because Prince (and OK, Morris Day) makes it work.