Paul McCartney is fast approaching the ripe age of 70, but the former Beatle and British knight is showing no signs of slowing down. Late Friday night in Los Angeles, McCartney premiered the video for “My Valentine,” featuring some unknown extras by the name of Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman.
HuffPost Entertainment is exclusively premiering the video online — you can see it at the top of this post.
McCartney is no stranger to videos and films. He has an astounding 391 soundtrack (a handful for every year since 1962) credits to his name, an untold number of music videos and five previous directing credits (who knew!).
According to a press release, it was McCartney’s daughter, the fashion designer Stella, who inspired the visuals for “My Valentine.” There are three videos for the song, which is off of McCartney’s latest album, Kisses on the Bottom.
Kisses on the Bottom features the elder statesman of rock and roll looking back on the standards that inspired him. The album is his fifteenth studio record and features two original compositions, “My Valentine” and “Only Our Hearts.”
“My Valentine” was widely touted as the better of the original tracks, so its no wonder McCartney chose to bring it to life.
Three videos accompany the song — one featuring Portman, one with Depp and the full video with both. A teaser for the Depp video was released earlier Friday and features the actor (and occasional Marilyn Manson bandmate) signing lyrics to the song.
“Someday soon, sun was gonna shine,” Depp signs. “She was right, this love of mine, my valentine.”
McCartney called in some heavy talent to assist in the production of the videos. Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister (“Dark Knight,” “Inception”) committed the visuals to 35 mm film. Susanne Preissler produced the short and Paul Martinez edited.
It’s refreshing to see McCartney continue to mature artistically at the age of 69, especially as some of pop’s icons seem to have a hard time creating music that’s suited to their place in the music community.
“We thought thirty was like really old,” McCartney said while doing press for the album. “Now I think it’s amazingly young. There was a guy at John’s art college who was 24 and we felt very sorry for him, he looked like a real old guy, he had a five -o-clock shadow, he looked really pathetic to us because we were like, 16 … I’m really just some kid from Liverpool still.”
Here’s to you, kid.