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Bob Dylan debuts shockingly violent new video
Aug. 29, 2012, 9:35 AM EST
The video for Bob Dylan's new single "Duquesne Whistle"
initially seems like a Charlie Chaplin-inspired bit of light comedy about a
young man trying to impress a woman he sees on the street. But after our hero
gets thrown into a van and tied to a chair, things take a shockingly dark turn
and the clip begins looking like a deleted scene from "Goodfellas." Watch the video here.
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The video was directed by Nash Edgerton, who previously worked with Dylan on
the videos for "Must Be Santa Claus" and "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" -- the
latter of which is significantly more violent than "Duquesne Whistle." Edgerton
is also an accomplished stunt coordinator who worked on the "Matrix" movies and
was Ewan McGregor's stunt double in the "Star Wars" prequels.
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Dylan's role in "Duquesne" is brief but definitely memorable. The
singer-songwriter is occasionally shown walking down the street at night with a
posse that includes a guy dressed up as Gene Simmons circa 1977. Dylan doesn't
encounter the star of the video until the very end.
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