Worst To Best: Music Stars Turned Movie Stars

Luke Goss

The Music Star: Set hearts a-fluttering in the 1980s when he and his twin brother formed boy band Bros. Ten years after the band split, Goss got a second wind in movies with a role as Blade II’ s villain. Hellboy II aside, he’s done nothing particularly of note since.

Lyric That Reflects Their Film Career: “When will I, will I be famous?”


The Music Star: Also known as Slim Shady, Eminem’s been rated one of the greatest artists of all time (by Rolling Stone ) and won Grammy awards all over the place for his angry, addictive albums. Hasn’t been in a film since the phenomenal 8 Mile.

Lyric That Reflects Their Film Career: “I'm just a regular guy, I don't know why all the fuss about me, Nobody ever gave a fuck before…”

Tina Turner

The Music Star: Started out as one half of Ike & Tina with her husband before finding greater success as a solo artist. Made her acting debut in 1975 musical Tommy , then played Auntie Entity in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome , for which she also provided the theme tune.

Lyric That Reflects Their Film Career: “I get the feelin’ it's a gonna work out fine, I keep a tellin you I know it's gonna work out fine.”


The Music Star: Made her mark as the lead singer in girl group Destiny’s Child before going solo. Held her own against Mike Myers in Austin Powers In Goldmember and impressed in Dreamgirls . Celluloid missteps weren’t far away, though, with the clunky collection of The Pink Panther , The Fighting Temptations and Obsessed .

Lyric That Reflects Their Film Career: “I’m a survivor, I’m not gonna give up…”

Mick Jagger

The Music Star: Co-founder of The Rolling Stones and credited as one of the best ever frontmen. His film work received mixed reviews, with Jagger appearing in the likes of Performance, Ned Kelly and Freejack .

Lyric That Reflects Their Film Career:
“I tried giving you the velvet gloves, I tried giving you the knockout punch, Hey, let me go, Let me go…”

Jennifer Lopez

The Music Star: Began as a back-up dancer for New Kids On The Block, having sung in the chorus of The Golden Musicals Of Broadway , which toured Europe. Garnered acclaim for Selena in 1997, then fought a giant snake in Anaconda . Really turned heads opposite George Clooney in Out Of Sight, but has pretty much stuck to safe rom-coms ever since.

Lyric That Reflects Their Film Career: “This perfect romance that I've created in my mind, I'd live a thousand lives, Each one with you right by my side…”

Kris Kristofferson

The Music Star: Once met Johnny Cash while struggling to make it as a country singer, and dated Janis Joplin before her death. Never really hit the big time as a recording artist, but roles in The Last Movie, A Star Is Born and, more recently, Blade , proved he has great screen presence.

Lyric That Reflects Their Film Career: “From somewhere above, Your finest performance, Approaching perfection, I know what you're making, It's some kind of love…”

Mariah Carey

The Music Star: If it wasn’t for a late-movie-career save in the form of Precious , Carey would’ve been a lot lower on this list. Her biggest film flop was, of course, Glitter . With Precious , though, Carey managed to deliver a stripped-back, diva-free, nuanced performance of considerable skill. More of that, please, Mariah.

Lyric That Reflects Their Film Career:
“Even though I try, I can’t let go…”

LL Cool J

The Music Star: Went from likeable ‘90s rapper to likeable horror movie bit-player with the grisly likes of Deep Blue Sea and Halloween: H20 (both of which he survived uneaten and unstabbed). Made an appearance on 30 Rock as ‘Ridkulous’. Kudos.

Lyric That Reflects Their Film Career: “I'm bad, I eliminate punks cut 'em up in chunks, You were souped you heard me and your ego shrunk, I'm devastating I'm so good it's a shame, Cause I eat rappers like a cannibal they call me insane…”

Snoop Dogg

The Music Star: Discovered by Dr Dre in the early ‘90s, Snoop Dogg hit the ground running with debut album Doggyworld, which went straight to number one on the Billboard Chart. He has a huge film CV, though the only notable entries are Training Day, Starsky & Hutch and the Black Dynamite TV series.

Lyric That Reflects Their Film Career:
“Time and time again while I’m sipping on this gin, Al Davis said it best, just win baby win”

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.