A dramatic reading featuring Jon Hamm, John Legend, Lily-Rose Depp and Chloe Sevigny
What happens when you give 29 famous people the lyrics to Justin Beiber’s hit song, Sorry and ask them to recite it? Two whole minutes of excellence happens, that’s what. These actors and musicians know how to deliver a punchy performance (naturally).
Vanity Fair grabbed some time with the celebrities while they were doing the press circuit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It’s like watching an audition for an avant-garde play with an epic cast (read: brilliant).
This genius idea was actually conceived by W magazine, who had 13 well-know faces from the film industry do a rendition of Drake’s Hotline Bling back in 2015.
So who were the stars bringing the drama to the VF-commissioned version of Bieber’s Sorry? Nick Jonas, John Legend, Chelsea Handler, Lily-Rose Depp, Elisabeth Moss, Kate Beckinsale, Jon Hamm and Chloe Sevigny all feature.
From the off Jon Hamm admits that he doesn’t know the song: “Is it too late to say I’m sorry that I don’t know the song ‘I’m Sorry’ by Justin Bieber?” says Hamm. No it is not man-who-will-forever-be-Don-Draper to us, it’s never to late (although the person Bieber wronged may disagree).
Some other highlights: Greta Gerwig struggles to complete the sentence, ‘Cause I’m missing more than just your body, oh’, without cracking a smile. Nick Jonas looks desperately tearful, Jon Hamm appears guilty and Kate Beckinsale sounds exceedingly British. Judd Apatow brings drama too – he delivers the final line of the song at full-shouty volume. So. Much. Passion.
Here’s the first verse of lyrics, to get you started, in case you fancy a readalong:
‘You gotta go and get angry at all of my honesty.
‘You know I try but I don’t do too well with apologies.
‘I hope I don’t run out of time.
‘Could someone call a referee?
‘Cause I just need one more shot at forgiveness’
Behold! A dramatic reading of Justin Bieber’s Sorry