The creative industries are ripe with talent and it’s becoming frequently common place for many of those talents to bring their skills to more than their own traditional stomping grounds. Here are just seven members of the music industry who have flexed their muscles in film, both in front and behind the camera.
1. Rob Zombie
Perhaps one of the most well known recent examples, Rob Zombie is a long time horror fan who made the move from music to movies by writing and directing House of 1,000 Corpses before cementing himself as a horror icon thanks to The Devil’s Rejects.
His star might be a little diminished following the Halloween remake and Lords of Salem – so much so that he’s currently crowd funding a new movie – but he’s still regarded highly in some quarters of the horror community.
2. Nick Cave
Already well known in the movie industry for his soundtrack contributions, Nick Cave is also a gifted screenwriter.
Having penned both The Proposition and Lawless he’s currently working on the remake for the late Brandon Lee feature The Crow and once wrote a sequel to Ridley Scott’s Gladiator at the request of Russell Crowe.
3. Roland Gift
Having stormed the charts with Fine Young Cannibals, Roland Gift has so far had only limited exposure to the film industry, contributing to soundtracks and acting occasionally.
That’s all set to change in the near future however, as he prepares to direct for the first time. Teaming up with Raindance for production, Roland will not only direct Return to Vegas from his own script, he’ll be acting in it too!
Pictured here in front of the press boards at the British Independent film Awards where he was a juror in 2013.
RZA co-founded the Wu-Tang Clan and is frequently considered one of the best hip-hop producers in the world.
Since he moved into the film business he’s worked on movie soundtracks, built up a varied acting résumé, worked with Jim Jarmusch and was offered a role in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed.
In 2012 he wrote and directed The Man with the Iron Fists as well as taking the role of the blacksmith.
5. Crispian Mills
6. Frank Sinatra
How could Frank Sinatra not be on the list? His songs are still being featured on movie soundtracks to his day and he was an accomplished and respected actor. He only ever directed twice: once for an episode of The Frank Sinatra Show, and the movie None but the Brave in 1965, which he also had a role in.
7. Plan B
Otherwise known as Ben Drew, Plan has acted in a number of movies, including Harry Brown (Michael Caine) and The Sweeney (Ray Winstone) where he’s shown some promise but he also wrote and directed the 2012 crime drama Ill Manors.
There are plenty more if you care to look (the list could easily be made up solely of rappers) – Prince and Madonna could have made the list; even Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit has credits for directing. And then there is Barbra Striesand. Most simply try their hand at acting, or throw some money behind a production, perhaps taking a run at producing at the same time, but directing and writing don’t seem as prevalent.
Why not use the comments below to talk about your favourite – or least favourite – musicians who have made the move to movies, and whether you think such crossover should continue.