Hollywood’s top and flop performances in music videos
Music and film are often linked, as the popularity of musicals and singing actors has proved again and again. And the appearances of Hollywood A-listers in music videos are also regular occurrences. Some have been inspired choices while others have tended to backfire.
Here are seven of the tops and flops:
- Christopher Walken
- Elijah Wood, Seth Rogen and Co.
- Tom Hanks
- Alicia Silverstone
- Ben Affleck
- Angelina Jolie
- Jeremy Renner
Song: Weapon of Choice - Fatboy Slim
Christopher Walken puts in a performance of outstanding coolness in the video for Weapon of Choice. Light-footed and graceful, the usually dead-serious actor launches himself through the lobby of a hotel, effortlessly working in props such as an escalator and a luggage trolley. Epic stuff.
Elijah Wood, Seth Rogen and Co.
Song: Make Some Noise - Beastie Boys
It’s practically impossible to find better star quality than those who appear in Make Some Noise. Elijah Wood, Seth Rogen and Danny McBride slip into the roles of the young Beastie Boys, while Jack Black, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly embody the musicians as they are today at the end of the clip. The younger trio marauds through the streets terrorising stars like Steve Buscemi, Will Arnett, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst, Orlando Bloom and Chloë Sevigny. This is an absolute highlight in the history of music videos.
Song: I Really Like You - Carly Rae Jepsen
What’s not to enjoy about an extremely likeable actor in a likeable song? In Carly Rae Jepsen’s I Really Like You, Tom Hanks is his usual amiable self, lip-syncing the lyrics to the entire tune - a funny contrast with the bell-like voice of the young singer. In the meantime, Carly and Tom exchange emoji-laden messages and perform their own little dance routine at the finale.
Song: Cryin’ - Aerosmith
In Aerosmith’s ‘90s cult hit Cryin’, Alicia Silverstone plays a young runaway who has had enough of her boring life. She leaves home, gets a piercing and tattoo and at the end of the video takes a daring bungee jump, but doesn’t take her life, as initially suspected.
The video is not to be confused with Crazy by Aerosmith with Silverstone and frontman Steven Tyler’s daughter Liv Tyler in the lead roles, which is also worth a look.
Song: Jenny from the Block - Jennifer Lopez
A lot has been said about Ben Affleck’s romance with Jennifer Lopez and the resulting rather questionable films like Gigli. The celebrated director of today also made a guest appearance in the video for Jenny from the Block - a rather embarrassing role for which the Justice League actor is not as fondly remembered.
Song: Rock n Roll Dreams Come Through - Meat Loaf
In this kitschy 90s video, a pouting Angelina Jolie plays a young tearaway who runs into the hands of rock crooner Meatloaf. Need we say more?
Song: Trouble - Pink
Sporting a lot of make-up around the eyes, Jeremy Renner plays a blade of grass-chewing cowboy in the video for Trouble, fooled by a tough-acting Pink before an embarrassing standoff with a whip. Conclusion: even the star power behind The Avengers makes this more slapstick than art.