This week saw James Franco going behind the camera to shoot Lindsey Lohan in REM’s new video, Blue. The band have enlisted film-makers and artists to produce short films for each track on their album Swansong. We take a look at the most wonderous music videos featuring celebrities.
1. Christopher Walken in Fatboy Slim’s Weapon of Choice
At number one it has to be this inspired. tune by Fatboy Slim. Christopher Walken gets his groove on as he dances the night away solo in an empty hotel foyer.
2. Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Ron Howard and Samuel L Jackson in Jamie Foxx’s Blame It
Yes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Ron Howard and Samuel L. Jackson smash it in this Hype Williams-directed video. Strippers and booze a go go in the ultimate lads’ night out.
3. Jake Gyllenhaal in Good Shoes’ Time To Dance
Loving the music videos, here’s Gyllenhaal once again – but this time he’s in dirty Dalston, rather than the luxe LA club scene, hanging out with cool party kids. It’s lengthy but well worth the watch.
4. Eddie Murphy, Iman and Magic Johnson in Michael Jackson’s Remember The Time
In at number four, roll on the lion cubs in Michael Jackson’s Eyptian opus Remember the Time. Directed by Shaft director John Singleton, the vid shows Murphy and Iman in a sandstone castle being entertained by Jackson.
5. Courtney Cox in Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark
Check out a very young Courtney Cox jumping on stage with Bruce Springsteen. Check out the short choppy haircut on The Boss’ pal. Yep, it was definitely the 80s.
6. Keanue Reeves in Paula Abdul’s Rush, Rush
Paula Abdul swoons over classmate Keanu Reeves (cue the “Keanue Reeves can rush over my…” comments from YouTube users). Loving the smarmy scene in the drive-in cinema.
7. Robert Downey Jr. in Elton John’s I Want Love
Lastly but certainly not least, here’s post-rehab RDJ in Elton John’s stirring ode to lonely singleton life. Some magnificent miming from Downey Jr. here as he sultrily wanders through an empty mansion.
Words: Ellie Sigman