When the news of Bill Paxton’s untimely death came in early this week, obituaries and tributes mostly talked about his best-known acting roles. But few mentioned the weird output of his early career.
You probably know Paxton from movies like True Lies, The Terminator, and Aliens.
But if you dig a little deeper into Paxton’s back catalogue, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover that he was not only a masterful character actor, but also a consummate weirdo, in the best sense of the word.
When Paxton was starting out in Hollywood, he tried his hand at directing short film projects, including music videos. And man were they weird.
Probably the most memorable one, which you might have seen on MTV in your childhood if you’re old enough, was Fish Heads, a music video for a song of the same name, by a band called “Barnes and Barnes”.
Paxton’s idea for the video was simple, but gruesome: since the song itself is about Fish Heads, why not just buy a bunch of actual fish heads from a fishmonger, and then film them in hilarious posed shots? Why not, indeed.
The final product is disturbing, gross, and somehow hilarious. Decapitated fish heads celebrating at a birthday party? Who knew Bill Paxton was a budding surrealist before he became Hollywood’s go-to stalwart everyman?
Sadly, Paxton died at the just 61 years of age, leaving behind a devastated family. His death came as the result of complications during heart surgery.
Who knows what future roles we might have seen him in. Rest in Peace, Bill.
Via Huffington Post