The other day I came across the music video for The Killers' breakout hit single "Mr. Brightside". Having never seen it before, I didn't realise it starred jobbing B-list actor Eric Roberts, of The Dark Knight fame.
It got me thinking: what other big name stars have taken a break from feature length films to make three or four minute music videos?
You might be surprised by some of the legendary names who were willing to mime to the camera in between award winning turns on the big screen.
Tom Hanks in Carly Rae Jepsen's "I Really Like You"
Tom Hanks is a man who should need no introduction: star of innumerable classic films including Big, Philadelphia, Saving Private Ryan and The Road To Perdition. Carly Rae Jepsen is the former Canadian Idol contestant responsible for the catchy earworm "Call Me Maybe".
You would not naturally put the acting legend and mainstream pop princess together, but that's exactly what the video for "I Really Like You" did. Hanks strolls through New York City, jauntily miming the song's words, and seems to be having a brilliant time doing it.
Christopher Walken in Fatboy Slim's "Weapon Of Choice"
Everyone knows that Christopher Walken is cool. He's won an Oscar and played a villain in both the Batman and James Bond franchises, how could he not be? In any case, if there was ever any doubt it was erased when we saw Walken grooving around an empty hotel lobby in the video for Fatboy Slim's "Weapon Of Choice".
How many of us tried out Walken's moves on the dance floor after seeing this? Just me? Oh.
Shia LeBeouf in Sia's "Elastic Heart"
Shia LaBeouf's isn't yet 30 but his career seems to have run through the full gamut of possibilities already. He started as a child star on the Disney Channel, hit the big time with the Transformers franchise, and even found time to fit in stints a method actor bore, (alleged) plagiarist and professional meme generator.
With all that going on it's amazing to think that LaBeouf also found time to appear in striking but controversial video to Sia's "Elastic Heart". The video sees LaBeouf dancing shirtless in a cage with young actress, dancer and reality show star Maddie Zeigler. I would say that it must have made quite the career change for LaBeouf, but given his infamous weirdness, shirtless cage dancing might well just be a regular Tuesday night for him.
Robin Williams in Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry Be Happy"
It's hard to think of a more appropriate star for McFerrin's feel good reggae hit (a tune mis-attributed to Bob Marley with worrying frequency) than the dearly departed Robin Williams.
As if the song wasn't joyful enough, the video features a moustached Williams dancing around goofily. I highly recommend giving it a watch if you're having a bad day.
Eddie Murphy in Michael Jackson's "Remember The Time"
"Remember The Time" came out in 1991 and had a 9 minute video that was officially described as a "short film". Jacko had previously shown a penchant for cinematic videos, the most famous being the John Landis directed "Thriller".
This video co-starred Eddie Murphy alongside Jackson, so it's fitting that they were both unknowingly about to begin the downslope of their careers. Murphy plays an Egyptian pharoah, while Jackson plays a gold satin-clad wizard who is there to entertain the Queen. He ends up leading the pharoah's servants in a dance routine, because of course he does.
Do you remember the time when both these guys were good?
Can you think of any other big name stars that decided to slum it in music videos? Which videos featuring actors are the best? Let me know in the comments below!