As part of the ongoing 50th Anniversary of the late Beatle George HarrisonThe landmark 1970 three-disc solo album Anything will pass, director Lance Bangs assembled a team of more than 40 actors, musicians, and comedians to shoot the first video for one of the collection’s most beloved songs, “My Sweet Lord.”
The guest-filled seven-minute clip – produced by Harrison’s son, musician Dhani Harrison – shows metaphysical agents Fred Armisen and Vanessa Bayer looking for… something. Delivered by Star Wars Iconic Mark Hamill in search of “something out there,” the pair of psychic detectives embark on a search across Los Angeles that pits them against dozens of familiar faces.
Their quest begins in a mind-bending library filled with mysteriously warped books, where they meet comedians Natasha Legerro and Moshe Kasher, before hitting the street, where they encounter a number of easter eggs – including a road sign that reads “Must Pass” – and came across Jeff Lynne, Harrison’s friend, ELO mastermind, Late evening band/comedian Reggie Watts, actor/singer Darren Criss, comedian Patton Oswalt (playing cinema ticket salesman) and “Weird Al” Yankovic (cinema franchise counter manager.)
Armisen and Criss prowled around the theater with their flashlights, revealing an audience packed with stars that included Rosanna Arquette, David Gborie, Sam Richardson, Atsuko Okatsuka, Brandon Wardell, an old friend of Harrison Ringo’s Starr – who taught the great drummer Armisen how to properly beat the skin – Eagles members Joe Walsh and Jon Hamm.
Hamm sent dozens of other agents to help with the search, among them: Brett Metter, Anders Holm, Dhani Harrison, Rupert Friend, Angus Sampson, director/actor Taika Waititi and comedy duo Eric Wareheim and Tim Heidecker, Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome, as well as Alyssa Stonoha, Mitra Jouhari, Sandy Honig and the widow of the late singer, Olivia Harrison. Also featured in the clip were street artist Shepard Fairey, Bangs director, comedian Paul Scheer and dozens of other moviegoers (see the clip’s attribution for a full list.)
“Doing this has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life,” the Bangs director said in a statement. “The approach is to represent the song visually while these agents and detectives still miss the metaphysical wonders around them. The image is choreographed to the sound of vocal melodies, guitar arrangements, drum patterns, chord changes. George shows off a sense of humor through all of his videos, so we kept that spirit and filled the cast with friends and admirers of his music, many from the comedy scene. present drama. I’ve been following vintage prime lenses from a number of films produced by George’s HandMade Films and I hope that viewers can feel amazed and intrigued as they watch it and the song continues to add. Our life. “
Check out the “My Sweet Lord” video below and check out some of the celebrity tweets.
This is the 50th anniversary of George Harrison’s movie “Everything Must Pass” so me and some friends got together to make a new video for “My Sweet Lord”. See all the beautiful things at https://t.co/WFtCjGBUxq! pic.twitter.com/hzP5F2E87M
– Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 15, 2021
– Darren Criss (@DarrenCriss) December 15, 2021
– Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) December 15, 2021
To celebrate @GeorgeHarrisonCelebrating the 50th anniversary of “All Things Must Pass,” I joined over 40 other musicians, actors, and comedians to shoot the first official music video for “My Sweet Lord.” I had a wonderful time. Watch the video now at https://t.co/RyRiMu4gqu pic.twitter.com/Z5dW99IbPZ
– ELO by Jeff Lynne (@JeffLynnesELO) December 15, 2021
https://www.billboard.com/music/pop/george-harrison-my-sweet-lord-video-cast-1235010813/ George Harrison’s ‘My Sweet Lord’ video wins All-Star – Billboard