Sunday, 01 June 2008
It says a lot that when New York Magazine attempted to compile their list of the 10 greatest albums made by actors, they were only able to come up with three. So when Scarlett Johansson announced her plans to release an album, the groans were understandably audible. If the music of Eddie Murphy, Billy Bob Thornton, and Bruce Willis has taught us anything, it’s that despite some overlapping in the areas of performance and theatricality, music and acting are entirely different disciplines. Sure, there have been some – like Juliette Lewis or Minnie Driver – who have proven that actors can recognize and recreate the rudimentary clichés of songwriting, but the days of legitimate double threats such as Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra are long gone. It seemed particularly odd for Johansson, an impeccably hip actress who has worked with ...