Video may have killed the radio star, but it certainly helped establish the faces of many of today’s most famous film and television stars.
Matthew McConaughey: Twenty years before he played “Killer Joe,” the charismatic Texan was breaking hearts in the Trisha Yearwood music video for her hit single “Walkaway Joe.” Matthew McConaughey played the lead in this 1992 music video that tells the tale of unrequited love in which the boy leaves the girl for a life of crime, but not before taking his shirt off. Perhaps this is the backstory for his character in “Killer Joe,” a film that centers around a contract killer with a penchant for young women. He gets older and they stay the same age. Alright, alright…
Hugh Laurie: The multi-talented Hugh Laurie enjoyed a good deal of fame in his homeland of England, but was largely unknown in the US prior to his lead role in the wildly successful TV series ” House M.D. ” This TV show made him a household name in the US, but many may not realize that Hugh Laurie had a couple of notable appearances in popular music videos before he was famous on our shores. Hugh Laurie appeared in the 1986 music video for Kate Bush’s “Experiment IV” and was also featured in Annie Lennox’s music video for her 1992 hit song “Walking on Broken Glass.” In the Annie Lennox video, we see Hugh Laurie dressed in full Georgian-period attire as he portrays a Prince George character similar to the one he played on the BBC’s “Black Adder the Third” TV show.
Jack Black: Prior to his breakout role in ” High Fidelity ” where he worked at John Cusack ‘s record store, Jack Black was busy appearing in the offbeat music video for the 1999 Beck single “Sexx Laws.” The video is as quirky as you would expect.
Josh Holloway: Josh Holloway rose to fame due to his part as James “Sawyer” Ford on the TV show ” Lost ,” but keen pop-culture observers might also recognize him from his 1990s music video appearances. Josh Holloway was featured in the 1998 music video for Billie Myer’s song “Tell Me.” The future “Lost” star also made a very notable appearance in one of the most famous music videos of the 1990s when he tried to snatch Alicia Silverstone ‘s pure in the music video for “Cryin'” by Aerosmith.
Matt LeBlanc: Matt LeBlanc’s pre-” Friends ” appearance in a Heinz ketchup commercial is rather well-documented, but many overlook the many music video appearances the young actor made prior to landing his famed part as Joey Tribbiani. During the early 1990s, Matt LeBlanc appeared in music videos for Jon Bon Jovi’s “Miracle” and Alanis Morissette’s “Walk Away.” The most famous appearance is the one with Matt LeBlanc playing trumpet in the video for Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker’s smash hit, “Into the Great Wide Open,” a video that also featu red Johnny Depp , Gabrielle Anwar and Faye Dunaway .
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