A stunning new video for the Paul McCartney song "My Valentine," starring Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp and directed by Sir Paul himself debuted last night in L.A. and has just landed on YouTube (naturally). Check it out below.
The elegant, understated three-minute black-and-white clip shows Portman and Depp illustrating the song lyrics using sign language. Depp adds some melancholic acoustic guitar to the song’s bridge at about the two-minute mark.
Part of what makes the video so arresting is that Depp and Portman – wide-eyed, expressionless and shot close-up as they sign the lyrics - stare straight ahead. It’s at once riveting and unnerving.
The song, from McCartney’s latest album, Kisses on the Bottom, was shot with the help of Oscar-winning Inception cinematographer Wally Pfister, editor Paul Martinez and producer Susanne Preissler, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The magazine adds that the video is based on an idea by McCartney's daughter, fashion designer Stella McCartney. Depp has been popping up all over the place lately. Earlier this week he joined Marilyn Manson on-stage during the 2012 Revolver Golden Gods Award Show at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, where he also played guitar.
From where we stand, more Johnny Depp is always a good thing.