Big Sean and 'Kill Bill' Actor Michael Madsen Make Appearances in the Violent, Dance-Heavy Clip
Just in case you were wondering, Justin Bieber is now a man. At 18 years old, the singer has been trying to prove he's more than just another flash-in-the-pan teen idol. His second studio album, "Believe," was full of more mature themes and sounds, reminiscent of another famous Justin, who successfully made the transition from teen heartthrob to adult superstar.
And if you haven't noticed, Bieber and crew want you to. In his latest music video for "As Long As You Love Me," which premiered Wednesday morning (Aug. 1), the Biebz takes on Michael Madsen (of "Reservoir Dogs" and "Kill Bill" fame), partakes in a high speed chase and rolls around on a bed with a girl who is not Selena Gomez... all for love.
The "short film" begins with a minute-long, dramatic dialogue between Bieber and Madsen, the father of Bieber's one true love. "I know what type of guy you are, I used to be the same thing," says the overprotective papa. "I know what that means... that means one day you'll leave her for somebody else, break her heart." He then advises the young man to leave and never come back or it "won't be good."
Bieber responds by hightailing it like Madsen suggested, but with one change: he urges the young girlfriend to run with him. Uh-oh! In between scenes of a high-speed race (reminiscent of the star's recent real life chase), there are interspersed scenes of the lovebirds, a discontented daddy and, of course, Bieber running through city streets and pulling off his best Michael Jackson-inspired moves.
The parking lot dance scene, which feels like a tribute to Jackson's "Bad" video, is impressively executed, with Bieber and the dancers showing off stellar choreography. Somewhat out of place, Big Sean pops into the scene to spit his verse, but then the rapper promptly leaves.
There are also frames of Bieber pleading to the camera, singing "As long as you love me, we could be homeless, we could be starving, we could be broke" -- not like that's something the multi-millionaire will actually have to worry about. As these shots progress throughout the video, Bieber goes from bruised to bloody, with his mangled face foreshadowing an epic fight that breaks out between Madsen and the Canadian pop star near the end of the clip.
The whole thing is gritty -- even if the fake blood and stereotypical dialogue make it a tad melodramatic. "As Long As You Love Me" is a far cry from Bieber's "Baby" days, both literally and figuratively. This generation's superstar is trying making it known that he can be more than just a teen idol, and he makes that point with his latest video.