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Adam Levine Admits He Has No Idea How To Act, But He Thought He’d Star In A Movie Anyway

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In case you missed it, Adam Levine is an actor now. He’s starring in a new movie called Begin Again with Keira Knightley. I haven’t seen the movie myself, but when Alexis calls him a “cardboard cutout of himself” in her review, I believe her. Because I’ve seen clips from the movie, and I’ve seen him “act” on American Horror Story. And also I’ve watched this new USA Today interview in which he himself admits he had no idea what he was doing when he took on the project.

That’s right. Adam Levine admits he doesn’t know how to act, but he still decided to star in a movie anyway. Forget about all those talented, hard-working actors out there desperate for a job who could have taken on the role instead. Or even the rich and famous actors who never have to work again but can still, you know, act. This was Adam Levine’s time to not shine, and he hopes that he maybe got a little bit better at that whole “pretending to be another person” thing after this experience:

“The oddest thing about being an actor is I’m not an actor, so being one was surreal. It was literally as if I woke up one day and it was time to become an actor. It wasn’t this lifelong passion, so I was a bit freaked out about it, and I think the way I responded to it was by just believing. The amount of self-belief I had to kind of inflict upon myself was huge because I didn’t know what I was doing. I think that I know what I’m doing more now than I did when I started, so there was a point A of ground zero… Point A, now I’m at point B. So I’m that much more far along.”

Usually the becoming a good actor part comes before you star in a motion picture, not after you’ve already turned in the shitty performance. There’s a reason people roll their eyes when musicians decide to become actors. Sometimes they’re actually talented on both fronts and take the job seriously. But otherwise they’re just like, “Hey it might be cool to try to be an actor. Someone should make that happen.” Meanwhile people who actually do see acting as “this lifelong passion” continue to get passed over for work so that singers who admittedly have no idea what they’re doing can get butts in the seats.

But of course this is what we must expect from a guy who, in the same interview, raves about being able to get a table at a restaurant whenever he wants while other people have to wait months, simply because he’s famous. When Adam Levine wants something, he expects to snap his fingers and have it handed to him. And because he’s Adam Levine, that’s exactly what happens, which just creates this vicious cycle of douchebaggery.

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  • Alana Vincenza

    He’s so terrible. I wish I remembered the point when I went from liking him and his music to hating him.

  • Alexis Rhiannon

    He is he is he IS a cardboard cutout! He was so bad that I had to remind myself to breathe when he was onscreen.

  • Sharon Leiss

    How very judgmental and really childish. He was hired by the Director specifically for his singing talents. So no, a really talented out of work actor might not fulfill that need. So you think he can’t act. Well, the Director thought otherwise–or at least that he could be taught enough to carry off this small part. The clips I have seen look good and the singing is beautiful. Have you even seen the movie or are you just drawing conclusions from interviews that he has given (granted he really has no filter–just puts it out there). When your critique is such a personal attack it really detracts from any valid points you might have to make.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I’ve seen the movie, and can confirm that he’s painfully bad.

    • Jamie

      I’ve seen the movie as well, and I can confirm he is pretty good. So yes, it is a matter of opinion. Only difference is that I don’t make a whole ranting article about it.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Neither did I, Jamie! Because A. this article is ranting and B. I didn’t write it.

    • Jamie

      Also, I like how you ignore all of Sharon’s other points…

  • Jamie

    This site is a huge joke. I’m here laughing at these related articles. How blindly bitter towards a guy can you get? They needed someone who could sing, who could decently act, and had the experience of a nothing to something turning point in a professional career. And Levine had all that.
    Let’s be real, he’s a huge profit for the film, especially since he refused to be paid a cent because he was in it for the experience and love of music, not the money. He sings the lead single that has a good chance of an Oscar nomination, tell me again how he shouldn’t have gotten this role?
    Also, I’ve seen in an interview that John Carney wrote Kohl with Levine in mind. You are dismissed. To the hateful writers on this site, take a lesson from Levine. Spread positivity, save lives with your art.

  • bea

    I’m gonna hold out on judging his acting abilities till I either see this film or my movie buff friends come tell me that he sucks. But I’m honestly surprised that no PR person came and warned him about not making comments like this! Given that he’s had no acting experience and isn’t like Lenny (second name escapes me) who stars in the Hunger Games franchise, who is not only a respected musician but also is a good actor to boot. If I were his PR person I would tell Levine to seriously downplay how spontaneous and random his decision to get involved in acting was. Talk about how worthwhile the project seemed instead.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Lenny Kravitz!