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These Musicians All Tried Acting And We Wish They Wouldn’t Have  

Sean Kelly
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Sometimes a crossover career works out well - Elvis Presley was both a successful musician and actor, and Justin Timberlake has found success in both areas as well. But not everyone has the same luck. Some of the most beloved musicians who light up the stage have failed to do the same once the cameras started rolling. 

Everyone from Britney Spears to Mick Jagger has attempted to delve into the world of movies and TV, only to be told by fans and critics that they should stick to their day job. Whether it's Jennifer Lopez's performance in Gigli or the trainwreck that was Mariah Carey's Glittersometimes even the best musicians just don't end up translating to the big screen. 

Here are some of the most notorious examples of singers turned actors. 

Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list These Musicians All Tried Acting And We Wish They Wouldn’t Have
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Mariah Carey's disastrous turn at acting came in 2001 with the release of Glitter, a movie that was so widely hated that it's still talked about to this day. Critics were not kind to Carey, and blasted not only the movie but also her individual performance.

One review said that Carey had "the acting range of a parakeet," while another said that the movie was "so bad it's actionable." With another critic slamming the film as "total escapism without a shred of believability," it's easy to see why Carey's acting career didn't quite take off. 

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Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list These Musicians All Tried Acting And We Wish They Wouldn’t Have
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Britney Spears' infamous venture into acting came in the form of the movie Crossroads, a much-hyped road trip dramedy that was, interestingly enough, written by Shonda Rhimes. The movie completely bombed, with critics panning it almost unanimously. The Austin Chronicle called it "a staggering example of how stage charisma does not automatically translate into acting skill."

"Watching Ms. Spears sing, dance and act can leave you wondering what is meant nowadays by the concept of talent," the New York Times said bluntly. 

Unsurprisingly, Spears' acting career didn't take off from there, and she almost immediately returned her focus to music. 

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Vanilla Ice is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list These Musicians All Tried Acting And We Wish They Wouldn’t Have
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If you're not aware that Vanilla Ice tried to be a movie star once, then we're sorry for ruining your ignorant bliss. Yes, Mr. "Ice, Ice, Baby," himself once starred in a film tragically titled Cool As Ice, and it was unsurprisingly not a hit.

At the time of its release 1991, the Washington Post called the movie "a cross between an after-school special and MTV video." The same review also took aim at Ice for his more well-known skills.

"Having established that he can't rap or dance, Vanilla Ice now adds acting to his resume," the review read. 

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Anthony Kiedis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list These Musicians All Tried Acting And We Wish They Wouldn’t Have
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Yes, Red Hot Chili Peppers' frontman Anthony Kiedis dabbled in acting for a brief period. His most notable role was a mediocre performance in Point Break. Kiedis also appeared alongside his bandmate Flea in the 1994 Charlie Sheen film The Chase, which didn't do very well with audiences and critics.

One lukewarm review of the film called it "the kind of movie you could rent on video to [waste] a few hours, or watch on TV." After his appearance in The Chase, Kiedis seemingly hung up his acting ambitions for good. 

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