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6 singer-turned-actor performances that were arguably worse than Carrie Underwood's 'Sound of Music' fiasco
By Micah Mertes / World-Herald staff writer


The Internet let out a long, forlorn groan Thursday night during NBC's live show of "The Sound of Music," most of the malice and mockery aimed at Carrie Underwood's performance as Maria von Trapp.

And, yeah, she was pretty bad (though I thought her performance was about par for the train wreck).

But she's certainly not the first or worst example of a singer trying to be an actor. For every "8 Mile" Eminem and "Moonstruck" Cher, there are a dozen botched career transplants.

Here are a few of the more catastrophic performances in the crooner-turned-thespian pantheon ...

6. Mariah Carey in "Glitter"

Now, to be fair, tossing Mariah Carey into a "Star is Born"/"Rocky" story was never going to be a good idea. But she does try really hard to make it work. And with its early '00s kitsch and go-for-it Carey performance, "Glitter" has at least endured as a punchline, even 12 years after its release. It's a movie that will likely be beloved-ly hated even by our children's children.

Later redeemed herself: in "Precious."





5. Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson in "All Things Fall Apart"

Few bad actors have put so much into a role. In this 2011 movie, Jackson lost 54 pounds to play a star football player stricken with cancer. He even co-wrote the screenplay, which he based on a childhood friend who died of cancer. Jackson's so dedicated and earnest that you have to root for him even when he and his passion project hit embarrassingly melodramatic high notes.

Other 50 Cent roles: He's been a competent, if bland, presence in a handful of other movies since his 2005 debut in "Get Rich or Die Tryin'."





4. and 3. Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini in "From Justin to Kelly"

As far as rush jobs for product tie-ins go, this one was pretty dire. Newly minted "professional" singers slapped into a production that, in the cold light of day, doesn't pass the paltry standards of a Disney Channel movie.

Kelly later redeemed herself somewhat: playing herself on CBS's "The Crazy Ones."





2. Britney Spears in "Crossroads"

Ms. Spears' acting prospects crashed on take-off in this 2002 road trip movie about dreams and friendship and Dan Aykroyd and stuff. On the plus side, "Crossroads" did help launch the career of the very likable Zoe Saldana ("Star Trek," "Avatar").

Later sort of redeemed herself: on a couple of "How I Met Your Mother" episodes.





1. Vanilla Ice in "Cool as Ice"

Few ideas in the history of cinema were more poorly conceived than remaking "The Wild One" with Mr. Ice in the Marlon Brando role. Never before had rebellion had such a stupid haircut. "Cool as Ice" pretty much ruined 1991.

Later sort of redeemed himself: Nope.

(A few bad words in these videos)

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