Let’s just say we’re glad he stuck with music.
In 2010, when young Justin Bieber was just beginning his burgeoning career, everyone wanted a piece of his success. With an army of fans dedicated to whatever their idol did, almost every project Bieber was involved with was guaranteed to be a commercial success.
No wonder the singer-songwriter decided to try his hand at acting. As a teenager, Bieber was unsure about his future career, and if his passion for music should wane, it would be great to have a backup plan. However, his choice of which show to take part in was initially questionable.
You can see the appeal of a Disney show for a young teenager who has many fans his age, or The CW’s teenage hit. However, CSI: Criminal Scene Investigation was a very unexpected choice and not suited to Bieber’s main audience. Perhaps the star was intrigued by the role he had to play as a serial killer and bomber named Jason McCann.
Undoubtedly, it was a great learning experience for Bieber, but the show suffered quite a bit from the risk they took. Bieber’s acting was not on par with his co-stars in the scenes, and the interesting nature of his character was lost behind the poor performance. McCann appeared in two episodes of the show’s 11th season and was killed off on screen.
Both episodes starring Bieber received very mixed reviews. Some said the series should have stuck with a regular actor who didn’t lack the musician’s intimidating killer presence, others praised him for getting better in the second episode.
In any case, it wasn’t the overwhelming success that the show’s executives had hoped for.
Unfortunately, the scene of Jason McCann’s rather brutal murder was taken out of context and used to incite hatred for Justin Bieber. Given that both the singer and his character were teenagers at the time, the Internet once again took the opportunity to prove his lack of morals.
If you want to watch CSI’s Justin Bieber episodes for yourself, you can stream the show on Hulu, Paramount Plus, or Amazon Prime Video.