I love the song’s slow build: first the piano, then strings, then the guitar with the singer as the memories of Marian begin to play.
The song’s repeated line of “Then I see your face/I know I’m finally yours” is so crushing when applied to the Guy + Marian narrative because we know that the silent beloved is not in love with the speaker. And how enduring Guy’s devotion was, until the very end.
After a week of driving around in a city that is in full party mode, I came across the (sort of) new Ke$ha song “Blow.” The video features a face-off involving unicorns, rainbow laser beams, and James Van der Beek as “the video guy.”
Speaking of other actors who gravitate towards “villain” roles, Christopher Walken had one of his most memorable performances in the Fatboy Slim video “Weapon of Choice” where he showed off his Broadway dance moves. Like Armitage, Walken started his training in musical theater before moving into dramatic performance.
Another “villain” actor, Jeremy Irons, didn’t shy away from music videos and appeared as one of several naked men in Elastica’s “Connection” video.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor would be a striking video companion, but I do not think her music would entice Armitage. She is also too high-profile.
Ditto for Madonna. I think Armitage would be quite appealing to Madonna: he is ridiculously attractive and talented and has a rising fame curve. Actor Goran Višnjić memorably played chess with Madge in “The Power of Goodbye.”
An Armitage music video cameo could lead to dancing, possible indie cred, a climactic make-out scene, a continuation of the villain and Hobbit music video traditions, and many new fans with a burning desire to know—who’s that guy?
This Richard Armitage + Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” video is delicious. Love the cut to Ros, the glove moment, the intrigued look at 3:16, the kiss on the hand, and the John Thornton look at Sarah Caulfield at 3:28.
Several YouTube users have created North and South videos using Florence + The Machine songs. They tend to use very quick cuts due to the fast pace of the music and cut off the song early.
The “Cosmic Love” one is my favorite (and has the slowest pace). I love how Florence is singing from Thornton’s point of view. The timing of “you left me in the dark” (at 1:36) and “in the shadow of your heart” (at 1:49) is perfect.