For some, there is life after boy-band stardom. Pop stars making appearances in movies is hardly a new phenomenon, as cinema has a long history of making movies featuring music's dreamiest boy band heartthrobs. Even though it is rare that boy band actors successfully cross-over to have an actual career in film, here are 11 movies that you forgot featured members of your favorite boy band crushes.
Of course, a few singers-turned-actors will immediately come to mind. Guys like Justin Timberlake of NSYNC and Mark Wahlberg of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch are not just your regular, run of the mill Hollywood actors - they're bona fide A-List celebrities. And Harry Styles, formerly of One Direction, may earn the honor of joining their ranks after having appeared in Chris Nolan’s epic WWII drama, Dunkirk.
From the New Kids on the Block to NSYNC, New Edition, and 98 Degrees, once the screaming teenage girls stopped buying records, these boyz (turned) to men had to look to the silver screen to take another chance at stardom. You may remember some of these roles better than others, but each film certainly played its part in eternally encapsulating the varying talents of notorious boy band stars.
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There’s another multi-talented member of the Wahlberg family. While Donnie has settled into a nice career in television, Mark Wahlberg from the boy band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, has gone on to become one of the biggest movie stars in the world.
One of Mark’s first major silver screen debuts came in Jim Carroll’s 1995 extremely graphic and disturbing drama, The Basketball Diaries, which is about the writer's real-life fall from being a high school basketball prodigy to becoming a drug addict. Mark played Mickey, one of Jim’s (Leonardo DiCaprio) close friends, who also falls victim to rabid drug use. In 1995, Wahlberg was only two years removed from his breakout role as Dirk Diggler in Paul Thomas Anderson’s sophomore hit, Boogie Nights.
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Harry Styles, formerly a member of One Direction, takes on the role of Alex in his own big screen debut in Christopher Nolan's World War II epic, Dunkirk. Nolan's war movie follows Allied soldiers who become surrounded by the German army during a savage battle in the early stages of the war. The singer also went on to release his first solo album in 2017, the self-titled, Harry Styles.
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Lance Bass from NSYNC plays a staring role in this 2001 romantic comedy. In the film, Bass plays a timid advertising firm employee who meets a girl he likes on a train ride home, but of course he doesn't get her phone number. His fellow NSYNC band members Justin Timberlake, Chris Kirkpatrick, and Joey Fatone also made appearances in the film. Bass has gone on to make several other minor appearances in films such as Zoolander and Tropic Thunder.
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Joey McIntyre from New Kids on the Block made his big screen debut in the musical film The Fantasticks in 1995. The film did not get a very theatrical release; however, it cemented McIntyre as being more than just a singer in a boy band. He would go on to appear in several television series, including an extended run on Boston Public. McIntyre also joined in on the NKOTB reunion tour.