If you think about it, quite a few big stars who were once deemed ridiculous are now respected as proper actors. Justin Timberlake, for example, the Chia Pet lead singer from boy band 'N Sync, just starred in In Time and will next be seen in the Coen brothers Inside Llewyn Davis. Some people would give their left ear to work with the Coens.
Or better yet, Mark 'Marky Mark' Wahlberg. Once the whitest rapper on the block, he is now an Academy Award nominated actor. So it's no big surprise that the thesp wants to help the much derided 'phenomenon' called Justin Bieber kick-start his acting career. Actually, it is one hell of a surprise. What?
Wahlberg seems determined to cast the teen heartthrob as his co-lead in a still untitled basketball drama, which he described as a sort of The Color of Money with basketball. Now the pool drama Color of Money starred the legend that was Paul Newman and a young Tom Cruise as a mentor and his ambitious disciple. Is Wahlberg aspiring to be the Paul Neman of his generation? And will Bieber soon enter a weird cult, stop growing, jump on couches and try to tame a vagina in a Paul Thomas Anderson film?
As ridiculous as it all sounds, why not give The Bieb a chance?