The Musician Turned Actor Phenomenon Continues

The Musician Turned Actor Phenomenon Continues
ESSENCE.COM Jul, 28, 2010

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Big Screen Debut: “Where The Day Takes You,” 1992
What’s Next: Smith has 33 films in development! “Men In Black 3” is in pre-production, set to release in 2012.
Verdict: Rapper to mega-super Hollywood star. He’s the best to ever do it.

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Big Screen Debut: “Boyz N The Hood,” 1991
What’s Next: Ice Cube is currently involved in seven films in development including “Tough Love” and “Rampart.”
Verdict: As long as Ice Cube wears his seatbelt, he don’t mind if he keeps acting.

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Big Screen Debut: “Dreamgirls,” 2006
What’s Next: Hudson scored the star role in the 2011 film, “Winnie,” the story of Nelson Mandela’s wife.
Verdict: She deserved her Oscar for “Dreamgirls,” but her follow-up appearance in “Sex and the City” was painful to watch.

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Big Screen Debut:ATL
What’s Next: His movie “Takers” will be out in August. He is also working on two new films, “For Sale” and “Boulevard.” Both are currently in development.
Verdict: With more experience and more roles, Harris has the chops to carry on Will Smith’s torch.

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Big Screen Debut: ‘The Player’s Club,’ 1998
What’s Next: Percy Miller has just completed ‘Down and Distance,’ playing the role of Coach Dallas.
Verdict: One rapper who should have never done it.

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Big Screen Debut: “The Bachelor,” 1999
What’s Next: Mariah dropped out of Tyler Perry’s upcoming “For Colored Girls…,” perhaps because being a mommy is the next role for Carey.
Verdict: Admittedly Mariah surprised us with how great she was in “Precious,” but it didnt make us forget “Glitter.”

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Big Screen Debut: “Austin Powers in Goldmember,” 2002
What’s Next:Beyonce will join the cast to the film remix of “Gilligan’s Island,” in which she’ll play the red-headed beauty Ginger.
Verdict: Bey gets a pass when she is involved in movies that are centered around singing roles, but everything else? Not so much.

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Big Screen Debut: “Get Rich or Die Trying,” 2005
What’s Next: We all remember how much weight Curtis Jackson lost filming his next movie, “Things Fall Apart.”
Verdict: “Get Rich or Die Trying,” was based on his life so he didn’t have to reach deep. However, his follow up film, “Righteous Kill” — killed us softly.

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Big Screen Debut: “Half Baked,” 1998
What’s Next: The film, “Coach Snoop,” is in development.
Verdict: Hard to tell, because we can’t remember a role Snoop didn’t play a version of himself, and marijuana wasn’t involved.

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Big Screen Debut: “Cavedwellers,” 2004
What’s Next: Jill Scott is busy recording her fifth album, “Light of the Sun.”
Verdict: Jill Scott handles the stage and the silver screen like a pro.

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Big Screen Debut: “Four Brothers,” 2005
What’s Next: We’re not sure, but we’re hoping to hear another Outkast record soon, and Big Boi’s latest has only whet our appetite.
Verdict: Listen, we love Andre, he’s talented as can be. We’d just like to hear some music from him before seeing him reappear on the big screen, okay? Priorities.

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Big Screen Debut: “Baby Boy,” 2001
What’s Next: Tyrese is all about the action, he has confirmed roles in “Luke Cage,” “Transformers 3,” and “Fast and Furious 5.”
Verdict: We love to see him sing, love to see him act, love to see him smile, we love to see him….

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Big Screen Debut: “Jungle Fever,” 1991
What’s Next: The covergirl is rumored to be filming, “What You Don’t Know” and is confirmed as a voice for the second installment of the animated film “Ice Age,” set to drop in 2012.
Verdict: Like Will Smith, she’s a Hollywood leading lady still respected in rap.

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Big Screen Debut: “Stomp the Yard,” 2007
What’s Next: Brown joins rapper T.I in the film “Takers,” in theaters in August.
Verdict: The 2010 BET Awards reminded us what a great actor Brown is.

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