Trace Adkins's new movie Bennett's War marks a good time to examine his best performances. The film is a heartfelt story about an injured soldier who enters a motocross competition in an effort to save his family from financial ruin. Adkins does sensitive work as the soldier's father who doesn't want to lose his farm, but doesn't want his boy to risk his life, either. It's a sizable role to which he brings great depth.
Of course, Adkins is most well-known as a singer. In fact, the man is one of the biggest country superstars around. He's had twenty hit singles, including three #1 hits on the country charts: "Ladies Love Country Boys," "You're Gonna Miss This," and "(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing." He has sold millions of albums over the course of his career, which now spans more than two decades.
Like a lot of singers, though, he was bitten by the acting bug. Trace Adkins's filmography includes several Westerns, some dramas, a couple of comedies, and two horror movies. He has appeared not only in film, but also on TV, and even in animation, providing voice work for King of the Hill and Moonbeam City. Interestingly, he is often cast as a villain, perhaps due to his deep, gravelly voice and 6' 6'' height. When he's not playing a baddie, Adkins tends to portray a wise character who offers advice to someone else.
Vote up the best Trace Adkins performances from the list below, whether in television or film.
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Adkins snags the lead role in 2016's Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story, and it's a part that lets him flex all his acting muscles. He portrays ranch owner Nathaniel Reed, a man who long ago left the criminal lifestyle behind. Trouble finds him in the form of U.S. Marshal Woody Calhoun, played by Kim Coates. Calhoun wants revenge for getting maimed by Reed years before during a stagecoach robbery. Consequently, Reed reverts back to his old ways, becoming the notorious criminal known as Texas Jack.575Was this a great performance?
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Any self-respecting country singer-turned-actor would need to have a Christmas movie on their resume, right? Adkins sure does, thanks to a small part in A Country Christmas, a 2013 holiday comedy. The plot concerns Santa losing his powers. Two small-town children attempt to help him before Christmas Eve rolls around.
As Sheriff Arrington, Adkins gets one of the comic highlights, when he pulls over Santa Claus and his elves on the highway. Guess he'll be on the naughty list.512Was this a great performance?
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Adkins plays Scott Brickell, the manager of Christian rock band MercyMe in 2018's I Can Only Imagine, a biopic about the group's lead singer, Bart Millard. He issues some wisdom and tough love to Bart at key points in the film. Because Adkins is a musical superstar in real life, there's a sense of authenticity to his performance. In his hands, we really believe Scott knows what he's talking about.
I Can Only Imagine was both a critical and box office hit. It's rated "fresh" at Rotten Tomatoes and earned $83 million in North America.482Was this a great performance?
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Traded, a 2016 Western drama, has quite a sordid plot. It's the story of a retired gunslinger whose teenage daughter is abducted into white slavery. Adkins plays saloon owner Ty Stover, one of the film's major villains. He "sold" the girl to another man and meets a grisly fate as a result. Because Adkins makes him so loathesome, we root for his demise.515Was this a great performance?