The top ten movie pop stars
Jack Black, Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy… They’ve all sung or rapped or played instruments for real in the movies. But do they actually cut it as musos?
In the Coen brothers’ new film, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’, newcomer Oscar Isaac plays a down-on-his-luck folkie in 1960s New York. There was no lip-synching allowed: the Coens hunted high and low for an actor who could strum a tune, sing a harmony part and emote convincingly (preferably at the same time). And this isn’t the first time an actor has stepped up to the mic...
We present the ten best examples of thespians turned musicians, and ask Jonny Ensall and Oliver Keens, our eagle-eared music writers, to pass judgement on their talents. Our rules were strict: this wasn’t about musicians acting, but the other way around. If you came up singing, you were out. Please feel free to argue to your heart’s content in the comments below.