Shia LaBeouf, Daniel Radcliffe, And Other Bizarre Celebrity Music Video Cameos
Shia LaBeouf recently stripped down to his birthday goodies for Icelandic band Sigur Rós’ new music video, “Fjogur Piano.” Though they might not have gotten completely naked for a music video cameo, many other high-profile celebs have popped up in the music world lately, contributing cameos to the video work of musical acts.
LaBeouf’s nude cameo was a spontaneous one (at least the decision to have him appear nude was). “That’s the difference between working within a corporate system and something that artistically takes you places you wouldn’t expect,” said filmmaker Alma Har’el, the director of the video. “To me, it’s erotic, but it’s not selling anything.”
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has also appeared in a music video, an appearance that was a bit more personal for the sometimes-troubled actor. Radcliffe, who has admitted to problems with alcoholism, including showing up to Harry Potter sets intoxicated, walks around a deserted bar after a night of partying finishing leftover drinks in a music video for Slow Club’s newest single “Beginners.”
“We were only on set for an hour or so as we had a show that night but I was surprised by just how focused he was,” said Charles Watson of Slow Club of Radcliffe’s surprise agreement to appear in the video.
“Perhaps celebs view these oddball roles as welcome respites from the more, uh, rigorous demands of their day jobs,” says James Montgomery of MTV News, adding, “maybe they’re actually fans of the bands they’re helping out. Either way, we’re happy to welcome this trend back — after all, there was a time not too long ago (OK, sort of a long time ago) when bizarre celebrity cameos were commonplace in music videos.”
Other oddball cameos you can check out? How about Aubrey Plaza in Father John Misty’s “Hollywood Cemetery Sings”? Zach Galifianakis in Fiona Apple’s “Not About Love”? Ron Howard in Jamie Foxx’s “Blame It”? Chevy Chase in Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al”? And of course, who can forget the classic Christopher Walken cameo in Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon Of Choice”?
Click on the links to sample each cameo. Yes, I went around the web and did all the work for you.
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Daniel Radcliffe in Slow Club’s “Beginners”:
Shia LaBeouf in Sigur Rós’ “Fjogur Piano” (WARNING – NSFW):