It's a toss-up whether actors or musicians will go to greater lengths to make rent, but some musicians have even found themselves so hard up they've been forced to take an acting gig. Such is the case with the haystack-sized Sleepy LaBeef, who in 1968's The Exotic Ones appeared as the "Swamp Monster," a creature abducted from the Louisiana swamps to a French Quarter strip joint. After that, everything is fine until another dancer crosses Sleepy's favorite stripper and he starts killing people; whoever is sitting on the DVD rights to this masterpiece needs to reissue it right away.
|That's Mr. LaBeef in the top left corner, we presume.|
The 25th person inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and dubbed "rock and roll's last living myth" by Rolling Stone in 2009, in his lifetime the 77-year-old LaBeef has also worked as a lumberjack, land surveyor and semi-pro wrestler. Luckily for us, he stuck to music and plays the Continental Club Friday night with the Wagoneers.
Just off the top of our head, it seems like the following musicians took their roles more for the opportunity to do something different rather than to put food on the table. Still, a hideous swamp monster is about in the same class as some of the parts these moonlighters have taken over the years -- but whether to amuse or torture themselves, we may never know.More »