Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” music video made a big splash by starring Tom Hanks, but she originally had a different actor in mind for the role.
Appearing on the Australia show “The Project”, the Canadian singer revealed that before Hanks, she actually approached Bill Murray for the 2015 video.
“My original go-to was Bill Murray. He has a hotline you can call and leave a message. I called Bill Murray’s hotline and he answered, which I was not expecting!” she recalled.
“I was going to leave a message and instead I had a phone call with Bill Murray. It was awkward. Because I wasn’t ready,” Jepsen continued. “I said, ‘Hi, this is Carly Rae Jepsen. I’m a singer… of pop music.’ It was the most embarrassing phone call!”
Amazingly, Murray didn’t actually turn her down, telling her instead to send over a treatment for the video. But around that same time Hanks got involved.
“Tom ended up being the saviour!” Jepsen said. “Tom Hanks had heard about it because my label was all just laughing about the awkward phone call I made. He was like, ‘I’ll do it.’ So it worked out.”
In the video, Hanks goes through his daily routine, lip-syncing along to Jepsen’s song, eventually meeting up with the singer for a choreographed dance number.