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10 Musicians that Have Hit the Big Screen

There’s a very large list of actors or actresses who have dipped their toes in music or the other way around. Sometimes it works and other times it’s a complete train wreck. Here are 10 examples that you can be the judge of:

1. Zooey Deschanel has been in Almost Famous, Elf, 500 Days of Summer and New Girl. She’s also been in a band called She and Him since 2006.


2. Donald Glover might be better known for playing Troy Barnes on Community than his music under the name Childish Gambino, but that could change one day soon. He was also a writer on 30 Rock and has a large stand-up resume including his own Comedy Central special in 2010.


3. This will bring back fond memories of The O.C. Jason Schwartzman who was in Slackers, Marie Antoinette and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World plays drums on this song. He’s also the cousin of Sofia Copolla so he’s related by marriage to Thomas Mars of Phoenix.


4. Macaulay Culkin was one of the biggest child stars in the world in the 90s. He was in Home Alone, Micheal Jackson’s “Black or White” music video, and probably made you cry in My Girl. He now has a pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band called The Pizza Underground who are playing a number of shows for North by Northeast.


5. This blew my mind the first time I saw it. Remember the band Sandbox? Mike Smith who played Bubbles on Trailer Park Boys founded and played guitar in Sandbox.


6. Meat Loaf makes this list just because of the huge movies he has been in. He played Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (before Bat Out of Hell was even written) and also Robert Paulson in Fight Club.


7. Juliette Lewis has been nominated for both an Academy Award and Golden Globe after acting in movies like Cape Fear, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and Natural Born Killers. She also has a extensive music career so far releasing one solo record and three as Juliette and the Licks. Brad Shultz of Cage the Elephant co-wrote and produced a bunch of songs for a new record she’s working on.


8. Keanu Reeves played Neo in The Matrix and also bass in Dogstar. At one point they were opening for Bon Jovi, and Weezer played their ever first show as their opener in 1992.


9. Jenny Lewis was the main vocalist in a band called Rilo Kiley but you probably recognize her from the Jell-O commercial she made her acting debut in. She had a bunch of small roles in TV and movies when she was a kid and the internet tells me this is her in this Corn Pops commercial.


10. Tom Waits is much better known for his music and unique voice, but he also played roles in movies like The Book Of Eli, The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus and Domino.

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