Top 10 Musician Movie Cameos
Over recent years, Rocks Off has been repeatedly surprised by the quality performances of musicians in films. Naturally, there are some duds in the mix; even Mick Jagger himself, who starred in 1970's Ned Kelly, disowned the film by not promoting it or even attending its premiere.
Rocks Off has no idea why Mick Jagger might prefer Performance to Ned Kelly.
But many high-profile artists have made successful cross-overs to the big screen, including Björk, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Eminem, Courtney Love, Will Smith, LL Cool J, Mark Wahlberg, Frank Sinatra and our personal favorite, David Bowie in Labyrinth. But what remains intriguing are the musicians who po -up in smaller cameo roles, appearing in entertainingly unforeseen bit parts.
There are many, but here a few of our favorites:
Martin Scorsese's 2004 Howard Hughes biopic was renowned in part for its accurate portrayal of the decades it spanned. Considering the No Doubt front woman looks and dresses like an Old Hollywood starlet to begin with, her casting as Jean Harlow was right on. Harlow, whom Hughes cast in his 1930 war film Hell's Angels, accompanied Hughes to its premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
Idol first played the barely memorable role of Jim Morrison's drinking buddy, Cat, in Oliver Stone's 1991 biopic The Doors. But the punk-rocking Brit also had a small, yet more humorous cameo in the 1998 romantic comedy The Wedding Singer, playing a sensitive, insightful first-class passenger who encouraged Adam Sandler's character to go get the girl.
Shortly after the OutKast singer and producer's cameo in the 2005 sleeper Be Cool, he appeared alongside Will Ferrell and Woody Harrelson in the 2008 screwball comedy Semi-Pro. Inspired by '70s basketball player Julius "Dr. J" Erving, André played the role of the slam-dunkin', afro-sportin' basketball player Clarence "Coffee Black" Withers.