Rufus Wainwright, dapper dandy and San Francisco favorite, just released a music video for the title track of his forthcoming album, Out of the Game, which is slated for release April 23. The video features a prim and surprisingly ordinary (dare we say, boring and predictable) Helena Bonham Carter as a librarian who castigates a bevy of characters through pursed-lips, wagged fingers, and eye furrows.
The video is an obvious nod to literary pursuits — each character stands as the virtual embodiment of the book they carry (or at least that's how Wainwright reads Valley of the Dolls). But to say that the video sums up to the old adage, “You can't judge a book by its cover,” is falling short.
Chalk full of the usual self-deprecation, Wainwright's video relies on Mrs. Tim Burton to carry the weight of his words, which laughingly and lovingly croon that even the holier than thou fall from grace once in awhile.
This isn't the first time a celebrity has been cast to mouth words written by other people — it's a trend that has been with the music video since its inception. Aside from punctuating lyrical meaning, celebrity lip service serves to distract, humor, or even frighten us. Here are the top five best in music celebrity video lip syncs:
5. “Cry Baby,” by Cee Lo Green
Before Jaleel White cried on Dancing with the Stars, he was cast as heartbreaker Cee Lo Green in this off-Disney production.