When a performer has as much theatricality as pop titan Lady Gaga, it's almost inevitable that a movie career will be on the cards. So it is that Gaga has a starring role in Robert Rodriguez's upcoming start-studded sequel Machete Kills - an over-the-top tribute to '70s exploitation movies that also features Charlie Sheen as the President of the United States and Danny Trejo as the titular killing machine.
Glimpses of Gaga's acting skills have so far been limited to performances in her music videos, which are often elaborate and downright bizarre, and there are plenty of reasons to be wary of a major pop star trying to make it as an actor. For starters, there's a good chance that they'll have been cast based on star power rather than pulling off a great audition, and for every Will Smith or Tom Waits there's been a Kelly Clarkson or a Vanilla Ice.
However, for those who might be feeling trepidatious about Gaga's role in Machete Kills, Joseph Gordon-Levitt offered reassurances along with the surprise revelation that the singer will be appearing in another Rodriguez sequel - Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. In an interview with JAMN 94.5, Gordon-Levitt said that he'd had his own reservations about Gaga, but had been pleasantly surprised:
"She’s a great actress. And I didn't know that. You know she came in and I was like, ‘Okay, sure, they’re having a huge pop star do a scene in the movie, I understand,’ but then she came in and like, nailed it! She had her character down, and she was like a total pro and did a great job. I was really impressed.”
Since Gaga is only in one scene, this sounds like a cameo appearance rather than a full role, but it certainly gives the impression that Rodriguez was happy with Gaga's work in Machete Kills. Gordon-Levitt didn't reveal which character she'll be playing, but chances are it will most likely be a stripper or a prostitute. Possibly with a gun.
Gaga was featured briefly in the most recent trailer for Machete Kills as Lady Chameleón - a mistress of disguise who pulls off a very convincing Cuba Gooding Jr. mask to reveal her true form. Lady Chameleón is part of a gang of infamous super-soldiers and assassins led by Luther Voz (Mel Gibson), who Machete must defeat before a missile is launched at Washington D.C. and... well, the plot doesn't matter nearly as much as the creative kills using speedboats.
Do you believe that Lady Gaga is on the edge of a glorious acting career, or will she just be telephoning it in with these roles? Share your thoughts (and puns, if you think you can beat those) in the comments.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For arrives in theaters on August 22nd, 2014.
Machete Kills opens in U.S. theaters on October 11th, 2013.