And the Oscar goes to …
Jay Z and Beyonce released part 1 of their movie trilogy Bang Bang and the near three minute clip is nothing short of a cigar. In the mini film, which appeared throughout the couple’s two-and-a-half month long tour, On the Run, Hov and the Queen Bey play two American outlaws speeding through the Californian desert in a dusty 1960s Pontiac GTO.
“In my first conversation on the telephone with Jay Z he explained his concept of On the Run. He said: ‘We’re not trying to do this literally. It’s not that we’re Bonnie and Clyde. We’re on the run from everything. On the run from becoming a cliché. On the run from doing the same thing again.’ Everything he mentioned was a level of consciousness he has for staying alive as an entertainer and as a human being,” director Dikayl Rimmasch tells Nowness. “He wanted to keep it more abstract because for him it was very abstract. How do you stay new, not just to your audience but also yourself?”
He added, “Just before we started shooting on the first day, I was introduced to Beyoncé and Jay Z in their trailer,” Rimmasch says. “They didn’t really know what I was going to do, so I said, ‘I’m going to shoot for five minutes. We’re going to process the footage, I’ll bring it back for you to look at it, and that’s basically what the footage is going to look like.’ We picked a very particular, beautiful moment with Beyoncé in the mirrors, we processed the footage in a couple minutes and brought it back, and she thought it was beautiful. Jay Z came out and we shot for five minutes, with him and the cigar, and did the same thing.”
Bang Bang celebrated its finale on Saturday at Stade de France in Paris.
And don’t forget to tune in for On the Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z premieres Sept. 20 on HBO.