Eric Roberts’ Rihanna "BBHMM" Cameo Is Just One Of His Many Outstanding Music Video Appearances
Eric Roberts: Oscar-nominated actor, father of Emma Roberts, brother of Julia Roberts, person with terrific hair, and music video god. If there is a silver screen star who has dominated the music video world as hard as Eric Roberts has, please let me know, because as far as I am concerned, he is the reigning king. I was reminded of his dedication to the art of the music video when Rihanna’s blood-soaked short film for “BBHMM” hit the Internet late Wednesday evening. Before the Mads "Hannibal the Cannibal" Mikkelsen reveal happens, another famous dude shows up in Robyn Fenty's latest vid. The other famous dude plays the police officer who all but does an impression of the shrug emoticon after RiRi's crony hits their captive over the head with a bottle. And that other famous dude is, but of course, Eric Roberts.
If you're like me, a) I'm sorry you also started your week off with a weird skin reaction to bandage adhesive, and b) you also yelled "ERIC ROBERTS IS IN ALL OF THE MUSIC VIDEOS" when you saw "BBHMM" for the first time.
Is Eric Roberts actually in all of in the music videos? Well, no. I exaggerated a bit. (Happens to the best of us.) However, the well-coiffed movie star sure has been in a lot of them. Here are my personal favorites:
"BBHMM" by Rihanna
Warning: This video is very NSFW. I mean, unless you are your own boss. If that's the case, I guess that changes the NSFW game.
“Smack That” by Akon feat. Eminem
Roberts plays a cop who enlists Akon’s help. As one does.
“We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey
A love triangle between Mimi, Wentworth Miller, and Eric Roberts? HUBBA HUBBA. This video is the Brett Ratner-directed sequel to...
“It’s Like That” by Mariah Carey feat. Fatman Scoop & Jermaine Dupri
Now THAT'S a bachelorette party.
“Down A** Chick” by Ja Rule feat. Charlie Baltimore
What have we here? Another music video where Roberts plays a lawman? Well, I'll be!
"Mr. Brightside" by the Killers
Back in '04/'05, Fuse played this music video every 60 minutes. How do I know that? Well, because one evening in '05, I left Fuse on while I pulled an all-nighter. As I worked on a research paper for English class, I kept track of the hours not by looking at a clock, but by the music video playlist: Mr. Brightside again, huh? I think that's number seven. The sun should be up soon. I guess that means it's quittin' time. Let's print this thing and call it a night, er, morning. I'm so sleepy. But it's just the price I pay, destiny is calling me, open up my eager eyes, it's time for school now.
“Miss Atomic Bomb” by the Killers
Yeah, "Mr. Brightside" was a big deal. But "Miss Atomic Bomb" features both a cartoon rendering of Roberts and live-action Roberts. So, "Miss Atomic Bomb" wins this round.
A Talking Cat!?!
In 2013's A Talking Cat!?!, Roberts lends his voice to Duffy, a talking cat. Is this a music video? Well, there is music, but it is not a music video in the traditional sense. It is a trailer. However, it is the greatest trailer for a motion picture in the history of the cinema, and I refuse to pass up any chance to bring it up.