It may seem like world-famous musicians intent on making it in Hollywood have a leg up on everyone else, but in many cases it’s the opposite. A preconceived notion about a certain rock or hip-hop star can spell doom for their chances on the big screen, simply because audiences will refuse to believe in their thespian abilities. Though, of course, oftentimes an artist’s failed second career fails because of a sheer lack of talent.
More interesting are the ones who succeed, and why. As a supplement to our feature on Justin Timberlake — the “it” singer-actor of the moment — The Observer takes a look at the best-known transformations from radio to the silver screen, and ranks them each out of ten.