Take Five: Great movie star music video cameos
David Bowie released a wonderful video for his new track 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)' earlier this week, featuring the incomparable Tilda Swinton as his on-screen wife. Juxtaposing the ordinary with the overtly sexual, not only does it show Bowie's comeback is worth getting excited about, it's also a fine addition to Swinton's filmography. Plus, it got me thinking about five very different, Motel-friendly music video cameos from some of Hollywood's biggest names, and why they should be held in such high esteem:
1. Stellan Skarsgård in Lykke Li's 'Sadness is a Blessing' (2011)
This is one of those videos you just can't resist watching again and again and again - not just because Lykke Li is surprisingly mesmerizing, but the vastly underrated Stellan Skarsgård can say so much with a flicker of his eye or a the fall of a smile. Are they lovers? Are they father and daughter? It doesn't matter - all that's important is that this is easily one of the most haunting music videos of the decade so far, and it deserves to go down in history.
2. Daniel Radcliffe in Slow Club's 'Beginners' (2012)
In which everyone's favourite family friendly young star (and probably the most famous of Slow Club aficionados) plays an angsty pisshead to a majestic soundtrack. It's a world away from both the boy wizard and the Broadway jazz hands of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying's J Pierrepont Finch. If I'm honest, it's the best thing Daniel Radcliffe has ever done, and easily the finest of the music video cameos from the Harry Potter triumvirate of himself, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson.
3. Idris Elba in 'Lover of the Light' by Mumford & Sons (2012)
This isn't even Mumford & Sons' best song (oh, how I yearn for the stripped-down days of 'Sister'), but Idris Elba's golden touch - he both stars in and co-directed this clip - lends 'Lover of the Light' a credibility that has fast evaporated as the band have got bigger and employed increasingly intrusive banjo hooks. So, check your cynicism at the door, and enjoy both the award-winning Luther star's acting chops and the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside.
4. Christina Hendricks in 'The Ghost Inside' by Broken Bells (2010)
Christina Hendricks is so synonymous with Mad Men these days that it's easy to forget her long list of film and TV credits, from Firefly to Drive. Cast as a bionic space traveller flying solo on a gloomy old ship in search of a 'resort planet', whatever one of those is, Hendricks' turn in 'The Ghost Inside' gets you thinking about modern society's obsessions with loneliness, body image, commercialism, and the dream of a better life.
5. Christopher Walken in Fatboy Slim's 'Weapon of Choice' (2001)
Having tried to avoid really really really really obvious yet equally worthy choices from further back in time so far (sorry Johnny Depp/The Lemonheads, Courteney Cox/Bruce Springsteen, Robert Downey Jr/Elton John, Benicio del Toro/Madonna, Hugh Laurie/Annie Lennox etc etc), it would be criminal to not include this. Walken's finest small-screen moment is obviously the infamous Saturday Night Live 'cowbell' sketch, but this comes a close second. Hospitality FACT: This is a Marriott hotel, as is clear from the painting of its founder J Willard Marriott in the lobby 2 minutes and 23 seconds in (the majority of hotels in the chain reputedly have such a portrait).