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Worst actors-turned singers 0

STEVE TILLEY, QMI Agency
Bruce Willis, Eddie Murphy and Lindsay Lohan (WENN.COM, Reuters files)

Bruce Willis, Eddie Murphy and Lindsay Lohan (WENN.COM, Reuters files)

Like most other Broadway musicals that have been given the big screen treatment, Rock of Ages features Hollywood stars doing their own singing, for better or for worse.

While most of the cast actually manage to hold their own musically, it's Tom Cruise as aging rocker Stacee Jaxx who really surprises with his ability to belt out an '80s power ballad. Is there anything the guy can't do? (Don't answer that, Katie Holmes.)

Sadly, not all actors are as blessed as Cruise or the likes of golden-throated thespians Jamie Foxx, Hugh Jackman and Zooey Deschanel. Just because someone is good at playing pretend doesn't mean they can carry a tune in anything smaller than a wheelbarrow.

Here are five actors who should stick to film and TV and never again torment us with their musical inability.

Bruce Willis

The action icon cashed in on his late-'80s star power by releasing a 1987 album called The Return of Bruno, best remembered for its first single, Respect Yourself. Bruno should have stayed wherever he was.

Eddie Murphy

Maybe Willis got the idea to try his hand at singing from Eddie Murphy, who released his infamous single Party All the Time in 1985. The song can only be enjoyed ironically, and even then, only barely.

Alyson Hannigan

We love the How I Met Your Mother and American Pie star, but in the legendary 2001 musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hannigan falls (and sounds) utterly flat. To her credit, she asked to sing as little as possible in the episode.

Lindsay Lohan

The title of her 2004 album Speak might have been a giveaway - Lohan is a better talker (and train wreck) than singer, although the heavy studio production on her songs doesn't make her sound much worse than any other disposable pop tart.

Pierce Brosnan

He may have been a passable Bond, but Brosnan can't sing his way out of a paper bag. Why he was cast in Mamma Mia is anybody's guess, but we'd like to find the person responsible and subject him or her to some mad villain-style deathtrap.

Worst singer-turned actors

Turnabout is fair play, and for every Jennifer Hudson who can smoothly cross over from singing to acting, there are a dozen singers who we never want to see on screen again, outside of a music video. Here are the three worst offenders.

Britney Spears

Not to kick Brit while she's down (or is she up this week?), but we still can't forgive her for Crossroads.

Mariah Carey

Yes, she was good in Precious. But that one small triumph can't erase 2001's Glitter from our minds. Those scars are deep.

Madonna

No singing star is as consistently awful on screen as Madge. Go ahead, watch Swept Away. We triple-dog dare you.


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