On Tuesday, musician Chris Brown announced that his next album he’s producing will likely be his last and the news sent shockwaves through social media. The singer cited his relationship with fellow artist Rihanna and the public outcry that followed their relationship as the reason he was stepping away from music.
“Don’t worry, mainstream America,” Brown wrote on his Twitter account. “After this X album, it’ll probably be my last album. Being famous is amazing when it’s for your music and talent,” he continued. “I’m tired of being famous for a mistake I made when I was 18. I’m cool and over it!”
But while he’s more famous for the wrong kinds beats, even years after it became very public knowledge that he beat up girlfriend Rihanna, Brown may not be done with the limelight and stepping away from his music image doesn’t mean his public persona will go away.
This search to erase the image of an 18 year old Brown beating in the very gorgeous face of Rihanna may lead the singer down a road many artists have traveled — the road to Hollywood.
In Hollywood, no one really cares what you do behind the scenes so long as you don’t kill anyone or go to prison and even then you may still be okay. Look at Christian Bale, Sean Penn or Robert DeNiro — both actors are regarded as legends with awards lining their walls. Yet both have had very public battles in one way or another and it’s well-known that both have a very surly side to them.
Do we need an excuse to play the Christian Bale Terminator tape?
But ask anyone if they remember Bale beating on his mother and sister back in 2008 and it’s almost said in passing before Batman or Bale’s Oscar is brought up. There’s also Bale’s charity work and the images of him visiting with victims in an Aurora hospital. Being in films literally puts you under a much wider lens in which you can be viewed by the public.
Is Brown nothing but an abusive jerk who throws drinks at children and beats up women? He’s most certainly not and a change of career scenery might be what is needed to lessen that image in people’s minds.
This isn’t to say that Brown’s sins will be forgiven, but how many people boycotted The Dark Knight Rises because of Bale’s antics? The point is, there is always a chance for redemption in Hollywood and Brown may be able to salvage not only his image but his career if he has the talent to become a serious dramatic actor. That way you can always blame method acting for your antics.
But in seriousness, Brown’s music career coming to an end doesn’t mean he will fade from the spotlight. If he has the talent to be even a powerful supporting actor, we may see his fortunes change and his image in the eyes of the public may transform. It’s not that unbelievable that a pop star can become a movie star. While the abuse angle is absent, look at Justin Timberlake who went from N*SYNC to David Fincher and possibly even one day an Oscar host in the span of less than 20 years.
Of course there is no way to say he’s destined to be an Oscar winner or even that great of an actor, but minds may change about Brown if he’s ever seen hoisting an acting award over his head or carrying a film that rakes in money.