Nashville and Hollywood have never been that different. Shawn Mullins called the City of Angels, “Nashville with a tan,” while Jason Aldean sang that Music City is “Hollywood with a touch of twang.” Not to mention that one of country’s biggest stars, Keith Urban, married one of the most famous actresses in the world, Nicole Kidman. But marriage isn’t the only collaboration between the silver screen and the airwaves. Country singers often enlist Hollywood’s elite to appear in their music videos.
The list of celebrity cameos is long, so here’s a look at a few the biggest names to appear:
A Texas boy at heart, Matthew McConaughey has made more than one appearance in the country landscape. In 1992, a young McConaughey played the gas station robbing heartbreaker described in Trisha Yearwood‘s “Walkaway Joe.” In 2010, he returned in a music different role for Jamey Johnson’s “Playing the Part,” in which he roamed around Los Angeles in a gorilla costume.
Brad Paisley‘s 2005 hit “Waitin’ on a Woman” offered the perfect role of everybody’s favorite sheriff. The tune, which describes a young man striking up a conversation with an older gentleman, was followed exactly in the video. The clip also cut in Andy’s character’s dialogue in place of Brad’s singing in certain parts, making the story that much more believable.
The youngest Hemsworth may have been engaged to a Cyrus for a while, but his foray into country music didn’t come until 2010 when he was cast in the Zac Brown Band’s “Colder Weather” video. Although he’s a fine actor, it likely wasn’t too much of a stretch for the Aussie to play cold well.
Brad Paisley definitely has some famous friends. While there have been lots of those friends — as well as his actress wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley — to appear in his videos, the next biggest star (after Griffith) would have to be Captain Kirk. A big “Star Trek” fan, Brad enlisted William Shatner to play his father in the 2007 video for “Online.”
Dennis Franz, Jane Krakowski, Lauren Holly
Dennis Franz may have rose to fame as a detective on “NYPD Blue,” but he became the missing person for the Dixie Chicks’ 2009 video “Goodbye Earl.” A celebrity filled clip, he played the abusive husband, Earl, who is killed by his wife, Wanda, played by Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock”), and her best friend, Mary Ann, played by Lauren Holly (Dumb & Dumber). Lead singer Natalie Maines’ husband, actor Adrian Pasdar (“Heroes”), and Michael DeLuise (“Gilmore Girls”) also make an appearance as the clueless police officers sent to investigate Earl’s disappearance.
Since the rise of their reality show, the Robertsons have made appearances and numerous country events. However, their connection to country music was solidified on the small screen when Darius Rucker asked Korie, Sadie, Si and Willie Robertson to appear in his video for “Wagon Wheel,” which was released in 2013. (And yes, that’s Lady Antebellum, too.)
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