Time Out profiles musicians who become actors - a quick guide, including Usher, Mark Wahlberg, Frank Sinatra and Justin Timberlake
Better known for showing off impressive choreography in videos for his own smash hits, R&B star Usher Raymond this week takes his fancy footwork into the ring.
Raymond first appeared on the small screen in 1998 in The Bold and the Beautiful, a year after the release of his first major international album, My Way. Out in cinemas across Dubai this week, though, Hands of Stone is the first feature length role for the Texan, who currently has seven studio albums and 53 charted singles to his name. In it, he plays boxer Sugar Ray Leonard at the height of his physical prowess.
“He really impressed me.” Leonard has said. “I worked with him for a number of months and when I saw him jumping rope and hitting the speed bag… the movement… I knew he was a great dancer, but it takes a certain rhythm… a certain mentality to be a fighter.” In the spirit of the movie, we bring you three more musicians turned movie stars in significant roles.
Frank Sinatra Who could forget ol’ blue eyes? An icon of the stage in a post-war world, his acting career took off and hit a similar peak from the 1950s. In 1953, the New Jersey-born performer scooped an Oscar for his role as Private Angelo Maggio in From Here To Eternity.
Justin Timberlake The former N Sync star has had plenty of small screen experience (Mickey Mouse Club, anyone?), but it wasn’t until well into his solo career that he transitioned into serious cinema roles, most notably as Sean Parker in The Social Network.
Mark Wahlberg His acting career has now become so prolific it’s easy to forget Mark Wahlberg (who also owns a burger restaurant chain coming to Dubai soon) started out fronting Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, a hip-hop group who topped the charts in 1991.