Hollywood Leading Men in Music Videos

Idris Elba, Don Cheadle, Terrence Howard and others.

Hollywood Leading Men in Music Videos - Tinseltown's leading men have shown off their acting chops, and some even their dancing skills, in visuals for some of music's biggest hits.(Photos: Courtesy of Island Records; Courtesy of Island Def Jam Music Group; Courtesy of Murder Inc. Records)

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Hollywood Leading Men in Music Videos - Tinseltown's leading men have shown off their acting chops, and some even their dancing skills, in visuals for some of music's biggest hits.(Photos: Courtesy of Island Records; Courtesy of Island Def Jam Music Group; Courtesy of Murder Inc. Records)

Samuel L. Jackson - In a video that included a number of cameos by well-known actors, Jamie Foxx enlisted Samuel L. Jackson for his hit "Blame It." (Photo: Courtesy of J Records)

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Samuel L. Jackson - In a video that included a number of cameos by well-known actors, Jamie Foxx enlisted Samuel L. Jackson for his hit "Blame It." (Photo: Courtesy of J Records)

Forest Whitaker - Also along for the party in the "Blame It" video was Forest Whitaker balling out with Jamie Foxx and T-Pain.(Photo: Courtesy of J Records)

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Forest Whitaker - Also along for the party in the "Blame It" video was Forest Whitaker balling out with Jamie Foxx and T-Pain.(Photo: Courtesy of J Records)

Eddie Murphy - Eddie Murphy starred in the video for Michael Jackson's 1992 single "Remember the Time," where the actor was one of a number of celebs to be featured in the nearly 10-minute clip, set in Egypt. (Photo: Courtesy of MJJ Productions)

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Eddie Murphy - Eddie Murphy starred in the video for Michael Jackson's 1992 single "Remember the Time," where the actor was one of a number of celebs to be featured in the nearly 10-minute clip, set in Egypt. (Photo: Courtesy of MJJ Productions)

Danny Glover - Danny Glover was among the dozens of celebrities to appear in Michael Jackson's "Liberian Girl" video, which also featured everyone from John Travolta to Steven Spielberg.(Photo: Courtesy of MJJ Productions)

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Danny Glover - Danny Glover was among the dozens of celebrities to appear in Michael Jackson's "Liberian Girl" video, which also featured everyone from John Travolta to Steven Spielberg.(Photo: Courtesy of MJJ Productions)

Terrence Howard - In the video for the Ashanti hit "Foolish," Terrence Howard plays the singer's love interest, who's not quite a stand-up guy, and doesn't quite do her right.(Photo: Courtesy of Murder Inc. Records)

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Terrence Howard - In the video for the Ashanti hit "Foolish," Terrence Howard plays the singer's love interest, who's not quite a stand-up guy, and doesn't quite do her right.(Photo: Courtesy of Murder Inc. Records)

Channing Tatum - Though his appearance is rather brief, Channing Tatum makes his way into Ciara's "Get Up" video, which is on the soundtrack for Step Up.(Photo: Courtesy of LaFace Records)

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Channing Tatum - Though his appearance is rather brief, Channing Tatum makes his way into Ciara's "Get Up" video, which is on the soundtrack for Step Up.(Photo: Courtesy of LaFace Records)

Idris Elba - In a somewhat unexpected pairing, Idris Elba starred in the recent Mumford & Sons video for their song "Lover of the Light."(Photo: Courtesy of Island Records)

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Idris Elba - In a somewhat unexpected pairing, Idris Elba starred in the recent Mumford & Sons video for their song "Lover of the Light."(Photo: Courtesy of Island Records)

Morgan Freeman - In what seems like the perfect role for Morgan Freeman, the actor kicks it on a porch in a rocking chair and drops some knowledge in the video for singer Steve Azar's "Waitin on Joe."(Photo: Courtesy of Mercury Records)

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Morgan Freeman - In what seems like the perfect role for Morgan Freeman, the actor kicks it on a porch in a rocking chair and drops some knowledge in the video for singer Steve Azar's "Waitin on Joe."(Photo: Courtesy of Mercury Records)

Don Cheadle - Don Cheadle plays one of a handful of dancers in Angela Winbush's 1989 single "It's the Real Thing," though it's hard to make out his face for most of the video.(Photo: Courtesy of Island Def Jam Music Group)

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Don Cheadle - Don Cheadle plays one of a handful of dancers in Angela Winbush's 1989 single "It's the Real Thing," though it's hard to make out his face for most of the video.(Photo: Courtesy of Island Def Jam Music Group)

Larenz Tate - Larenz Tate plays the antagonist in Ashanti's "Rain on Me" video, where the actor assumes the role of an abusive boyfriend.(Photo: Courtesy of Murder Inc. Records)

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Larenz Tate - Larenz Tate plays the antagonist in Ashanti's "Rain on Me" video, where the actor assumes the role of an abusive boyfriend.(Photo: Courtesy of Murder Inc. Records)

Omar Epps - Omar Epps was cast as the male lead in the love plot featured in Blackstreet's 1994 single "Before I Let You Go."(Photo: Courtesy of Interscope Records)

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Omar Epps - Omar Epps was cast as the male lead in the love plot featured in Blackstreet's 1994 single "Before I Let You Go."(Photo: Courtesy of Interscope Records)

Ben Affleck - Back when she was dating the actor, Jennifer Lopez featured Ben Affleck in the video for her single "Jenny From the Block." (Photo: Courtesy of Sony BMG Music)

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Ben Affleck - Back when she was dating the actor, Jennifer Lopez featured Ben Affleck in the video for her single "Jenny From the Block." (Photo: Courtesy of Sony BMG Music)