THE WORLD OF AL YANKOVIC’S RUNAWAY is the latest to receive rave reviews for its slick, slick-looking, and stylishly minimalist aesthetic.
But now, as the weather begins to cool off, the hip hop superstar has another hit to celebrate.
The music video for “Runaway” has been named one of the 10 best viral videos of the year, and the clip’s director is on a roll.
“I was in my hotel room and I was watching a commercial on TV for the film and I had to turn on the TV,” said Yankovich.
“And I saw a guy walking in the street.
He was doing the dance.””
And then I saw this other guy running down the street with this beautiful red jacket on,” Yankovic added.
“That was my cue to get up and start doing the run.”
The video, which has now been viewed more than 1.3 billion times, features the actor in a suit with an overcoat, as he runs along the waterfront.
“Weird al’ YANKOWIC is back, baby!” he exclaims.
“It’s cool,” Yanks added, when asked about his reaction to the video.
“I’m glad I did it.”
Yankovich and his brother, Scott, are big fans of the film.
In addition to appearing in it, Yankowicz also stars.
“He’s a very gifted actor, and it’s awesome to be able to see that in my movies,” Yanked said.
“It’s a real privilege to be working with him.”YANKOWICHIS BACK, BABY!
WATCH: Weird Al’Yankovicis back, Baby!
The Yankoviks are also known for their quirky, offbeat music videos, which have included songs such as “Ain’t No Love,” “Disco Dancer,” and “No Rain, No Sunshine.”
“Weird and crazy is not an uncommon term in hip hop,” Scott Yankowich said.
But he said that it was the film’s quirky style that attracted him.
“When you’re doing music videos and doing a video that’s not really designed for the medium, it’s really hard to do something that’s more unconventional,” Scott said.
“This was a very unique video, and a very strange film, that’s why it was so popular.”
Watch “Runaways” in the video above and stay tuned for more of Weird Al’s viral video madness.