24 surprisingly good acting roles by musicians


Tom Waits in Down By Law

Beloved indie director Jim Jarmusch has never been shy to use musicians in his films; Coffee and Cigarettes, his series of 9/11 vignettes, featured the White Stripes, RZA, Iggy Pop, and Tom Waits. But it wasn’t Waits’ first encounter with Jarmusch—no, their first collaboration was the droll, black-and-white Down By Law, where the raspy-voiced singer plays a jailbird on the run. Not surprisingly, Waits contributed to the soundtrack with classics like “Jockey Full of Bourbon.”