(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – In his directorial debut, Paul McCartney tapped the talents of Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp to star in his music video for “My Valentine,” which will be screened in US cinemas to accompany the French hit The Intouchables this weekend.
The black and white 3-minute film shows split-screen images of the two actors using sign language to translate the lyrics of the romantic ballad and includes Depp performing the guitar solo.
The original song was featured on McCartney’s most recent album, Kisses on the Bottom, a collection of standards released in February.
The idea was suggested by Stella McCartney, the ex-Beatle’s daughter, and the fashion designer dressed Portman for the video, according to the Los Angeles Times. Academy Award-winning Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight, Inception) was the cinematographer.
The Weinstein Company, which is distributing The Intouchables in North America, expects this bonus film to increase the buzz about the comedy opening in New York and Los Angeles on May 25 and other cities in June.
The Intouchables, starring Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy, broke box office records in Europe and tells the story of the relationship between a quadriplegic aristocrat and the man he hires as his caretaker. It is directed by Olivier Nakashe and Eric Toledano.
The phenomenon has earned an impressive $340 million outside the US, becoming the second highest-grossing non-English-language production of all time behind Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. It open in Japan in September and Britain and Australia in October.