Thesps get in on the video ac­tion

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - STUB - Lau­ren Mur­phy

You’ve seen him scrag­gly bearded and bond­ing with a foot­ball on a desert is­land. You’ve seen him as a love­able sim­ple­ton in a white suit on a park bench, as the re­mark­able cap­tain of a ship rav­aged by pi­rates and as a pri­son war­den on The Green Mile – but you most def­i­nitely have never seen Tom Hanks shim­my­ing his way through a cheesy pop video.

Un­til this week, that is, when the promo for Carly Rae Jepsen’s new song I Re­ally Like You was un­leashed on the world. Al­ready the prime con­tender for Most Ir­ri­tat­ing Pop Song of 2015, the fol­low-up to Call Me Maybe sees Hol­ly­wood ti­tan throw cau­tion to the wind and gid­dily mime, dance and wink his way through three-and-a-half glo­ri­ous min­utes. YouTube it now.

Of course, Hanks is far from the first big-name ac­tor to pay a favour to a mu­si­cian. Just this week, our own Cil­lian Mur­phy lent his ser­vices to 8:58, the new solo project by Or­bital’s Paul Hart­noll.

The sur­real video for The Clock sees the Cork­man dressed as a clown, an as­tro­naut, a chef and a 1990s raver, amongst other bizarre per­sonas.

Mur­phy, like his fel­low Ir­ish ac­tor Ai­dan Gillen, is a well-known mu­sic fan. Gillen, in­ci­den­tally, pre­vi­ously ap­peared in the video for Sigur Rós’s Ekki múkk and the Ice­landic band also pre­vi­ously em­ployed ac­tor Shia LaBeouf for their Fjögur píanó video. LaBeouf more re­cently starred in the ex­cel­lent video for Sia’s Elas­tic Heart with child dance prodigy Mad­die Ziegler, and even Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer takes a star­ring role in Hozier’s new video for Some­one New.

It’s clear how mu­si­cians ben­e­fit from the ex­po­sure of a big-name star in their mu­sic pro­mos, but what’s it it for the thesps? It seems that good old-fash­ioned ku­dos still counts for some­thing in the mu­sic biz – and it’s true: we re­ally, re­ally, re­ally like Tom Hanks even more af­ter this.

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