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25 Pop Music Stars Who Played Dramatic Roles in Movies

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Barbra Streisand
> Best non-singing movie: The Way We Were

Streisand, who won an Academy Award for the musical “Funny Girl,” sings only the theme song in this 1973 romantic drama about Katie Morosky and Hubbell Gardiner (Robert Redford), two vastly different people who are strongly attracted to each other.

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Harry Styles
> Best non-singing movie: Dunkirk

In his first dramatic role, Styles, who rose to stardom with the boy band One Direction, plays a World War II soldier named Alex. Director Christopher Nolan said that he had not been familiar with One Direction but that Styles had won the role based on his acting skill.

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Justin Timberlake
> Best non-singing movie: The Social Network

In this biographical drama about Mark Zuckerberg and the early days of Facebook, Justin Timberlake plays Napster co-founder Sean Parker, who became Facebook’s first president. Director David Fincher told the New York Times that he almost didn’t cast Timberlake, who turned his fame from the boy band ‘N Sync into a successful solo career, because “everyone thought he was too famous.”

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Tom Waits
> Best non-singing movie: Down by Law

Singer-songwriter Tom Waits plays a disc jockey named Zack who winds up in a New Orleans jail after being framed in this 1986 film. There he meets up with Jack, who was also set up, and Bob, who is in jail for accidental manslaughter. The unusual threesome escape and wind up on the run in a swamp.

Dwight Yoakam
> Best non-singing movie: Sling Blade

A 1996 drama written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton features country singer Yoakam as Doyle Hargraves, a violent alcoholic whose girlfriend rents her garage to Karl Childers (Thornton), who has spent much of his life in a state psychiatric hospital. Hargraves and Childers come to blows over Hargraves’ abusive treatment of his girlfriend.