The premiere of the Rolling Stones’ “Scarlet” video Thursday on YouTube was preceded by a chat between its sole star, Paul Mescal — at the moment an Emmy nominee for “Normal People” — and a jovial Mick Jagger, who appeared glad to have left the heavy lifting (or the spontaneous stunt work) to another person.
“You were obviously having so much fun in this empty hotel,” mentioned Jagger, 77, referring to using the at the moment unoccupied Claridge’s resort in London as a set for Mescal’s seemingly drunken shenanigans. “I thought you were going to kill yourself when you jumped down the stairwell.”
“So did I,” confessed Mescal, 24.
The “Scarlet” video is a bit like a extra happy-go-lucky — or happy-go-drunky — model of “The Shining,” with Mescal left to his personal units in Claridge’s to go away lonely voice messages for the title character, drink, pull his bow tie free, dance, drink some extra, draw on the mirror with lipstick, dance and drink additional nonetheless, and at last collapse with a crash on the foyer flooring.
“Due to the pandemic and hotels being closed, the production team could kind of aim big in terms of the location,” Mescal says, and “the staff of Claridge’s were amazing.” Room charges will little doubt go up when quarantining is over and Stones- or Mescal-loving vacationers ask for the “drunk-dialing your ex suite.”
“What do you think of the video itself?” Mescal requested in the beginning of the convo with Jagger. “And if it’s mean things, I’ll just shut the laptop briefly and then open it back up again.” Jagger, clearly, signaled his approval.
Mescal and Jagger interviewed one another for a couple of minutes, with the actor asking the rocker (or, truly, rocker-actor) why “Scarlet” sat on the shelf for thus lengthy. The monitor is from an upcoming field set celebrating the Stones’ 1973 album “Goats Head Soup,” and is one in every of three utterly unreleased compositions within the assortment. It’s notable for subbing out some members of the Stones for Jimmy Web page as a second guitarist to Keith Richards, and together with Rick Grech on bass, in what was clearly supposed as a demo.
“I mean, remember doing it in many versions,” Jagger mentioned. “I remember doing it with lots of different people. (But) I don’t remember doing this. And I talked to Jimmy Page and he said, ‘Oh yeah, I remember doing it. We sat in Ronnie Wood’s recording basement, and it was these people…’ He remembered everything. I remember being there, but that’s all.”
Jagger added, as rationalization for its practically 50-year shelving, “It wasn’t really a Rolling Stones record.”
Mescal requested how the lockdown has been for the Stones.
“I think it’s not been too bad, because we were sort of hallway through an album,” Jagger replied, and we launched a tune referred to as ‘Ghost Town’ that was one of many songs that we have been engaged on that we completed off. And now I’m in the course of doing vocals on a number of the different ones, attempting to complete these off, after which write some new ones as nicely. So it’s not so dangerous for musicians.”
Mescal responded, “I envy the kind of process that writers have, or maybe musicians. Because for you I imagine it’s got two kind of edges — it’s the writing side and then the live gig side — and you’ve still got one side that you can work on. Whereas I think that our job is totally related to an audience, be that on screen or on stage.”
The dialog included a short little bit of banter about present musical inclinations, with the Stones’ frontman noting that he had just lately carried out a playlist which included quite a lot of African music, heavy on the Somalian facet, together with listening to “lots of current pop music to know what’s going on now.” Requested about his music tastes, Mescal didn’t butter up his host by citing the Stones, however answered as an alternative: “Predominantly, sad music is my go-to. Sad indie music would be my general taste.”
“How much do you think you’re like your character Connell in the TV show?” Jagger requested.
“Like, internally, definitely quite different,” Mescal answered. “I think on the surface, in terms of like 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 I’m in, which I think Connell is incapable of doing. He can’t do it. He just simply can’t say how he feels at any kind of critical moment. Which is fun to play, but thankfully I don’t walk around my life permanently indecisive emotionally.”
Given his ruinous angle towards his personal well being and the resort’s within the “Scarlet” clip, there’s little hazard of anybody mistaking Mescal riotousness for reticence in the mean time.