Paul McCartney Premieres Self-Directed "My Valentine" Music Video Starring Natalie Portman, Johnny Depp

Last night, Paul McCartney premiered two new, self-directed videos for his song "My Valentine," one of two original compositions on his 2012 album, Kisses On The Bottom.

Natalie Portman stars in one version; Johnny Depp stars in the other. Both versions feature the actors translating the song's lyrics into sign language. A third and possibly "official" version of the video -- shown below -- combines Portman and Depp's performances into one film.

The videos, which are based on an idea by McCartney's daughter, fashion designer Stella McCartney, were shot on 35mm; the elder McCartney worked with cinematographer Wally Pfister (Inception, The Dark Knight) to create the films' stark effect.

The premiere of the videos took place at the Stella McCartney store in Los Angeles; guests included Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Nate Mendel, Orlando Bloom, Julie Delpy, Zooey Deschanel, Jane Fonda, Woody Harrelson, Joan Jett, Quincy Jones, Jason Lewis, Gwyneth Paltrow, Richard Perry, Gwen Stefani and Reese Witherspoon.

"My Valentine" marks Portman's second appearance in a McCartney video; she also appears in 2007's "Dance Tonight."

That's Eric Clapton on lead guitar, by the way.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.