So I was "surfing" this thing called "the internet" when I found a snippet about Jared Leto and his band, 30 Seconds to Mars, in which he sings and plays guitar. My initial reaction, like that of many, I assume, was twofold. First, I immediately decided the band sucked, because it's fronted by an actor. Second, even if the band is actually good, it doesn't matter because there's an actor in it. Yes, this is extremely closed-minded, but I think I know why myself and many others immediately become suspicious when an actor tries to take a "serious" approach to music. I think when we see an actor (or actress, I suppose) on stage playing music, we see it as an extension of their acting (even if they were playing music before acting, such as the case with Leto). In a word, it feels phony, as if they're simply playing another role. This is why I think it's much easier for us to accept a musician who turns to acting (such as David Bowie) but rarely do we accept the reverse. Of course, there are always exceptions to this, such as my admiration for former Blue's Clues star Steve Burns' foray into the world of music. Maybe good music is just good music? That's how it should be, I suppose, but the actor/audience relationship has always been fickle at best.

tags fandom
categories Movies, Cinematical