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Paul Mescal has an absolute riot in Claridge’s in The Rolling Stones’ Scarlet music video


The rock n roll life suits Paul Mescal (Picture: YouTube, Rolling Stones)

Paul Mescal has made his debut in The Rolling Stones’ music video for their new song Scarlet and he had an absolute blast doing it. 

The Normal People star takes the lead in the rock band’s latest visuals, which were filmed at London’s Claridge’s hotel under social distancing guidelines.

By social distancing, we mean Paul, 24, pretty much had the run of the hotel for himself. 

After leaving a drunken love note for ‘Scarlet’, Paul spins the track and proceeds to drink his body weight in whiskey, dance cheesily in the mirror, have an emotional breakdown and trash the hotel room. 

Basically, it’s an absolute treat and exactly why we’re loving Paul’s BDE these days. 

But perhaps the biggest treat was watching Paul and Mick Jagger interviewing each other moments before the video premiere. 

‘What do you think of the music video? If it’s mean I’ll shut down my laptop,’ Paul asked the music legend while nervously touching his face in the endearing way he does.  

Mick joked: ‘I thought you were gonna kill yourself when you jumped down the stairwell.’ 

Revealing what it was like starring in his first music video, Paul explained: ‘Kind of in at the deep end with that I think, straight in with The Rolling Stones video and best of luck. It’s crazy. 

‘I enjoyed it and I think, due to the pandemic and hotels being closed, it’s allowed the production team to aim big in terms of location.’ 

Mick, 77, was particularly curious about Paul’s choice of music, to which the actor replied: ‘Predominantly, sad music is my go-to. Sad, indie music would be my general taste.’ 

The Irish star then explained how he tackles big scenes and revealed: ‘I find that I’m always pretending that I’m relaxed, a bit of faking it ‘til you make it. I do find that with performances, sport or on-screen, there is a kind of constant low level anxiety that you just get used to living with. 

Mick Jagger and Paul got on like a house on fire (Picture: YouTube, Rolling Stones)

‘It’s not even nerves, it’s the desire to achieve something that you really care about and you’ve put work into, that’s where the nerves come from for me.’ 

When asked about the similarities between Paul and his Normal People character Connell, he explained: ‘Internally, definitely quite different. I think on the surface in terms of his trajectory through secondary school and college, probably similar. 

‘But thankfully I’m a little bit better at maybe articulating how I feel about a situation that Connell is incapable of doing. It’s fun to play but I don’t walk around in my life indecisive emotionally.’ 

Scarlet was originally recorded in 1974 with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. 

However, Mick’s memory is a little hazy as he admitted: ‘I remember doing it in many versions with lots of different people. I talked to Jimmy Page and he said, “Oh, I remember it. We were sat with Ronnie Wood recording in the basement”. 

‘He remembered everything, I remember being there but that’s all.’ 

Scarlet will be included on the band’s upcoming Goats Head Soup box set. 

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