Ignore the Cynics: Willie Nelson's Chipotle Ad Is Gentle, Lovely, Sweet

So what if he's covering Coldplay? It's good!

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We realize here's only so much time one can spend in a day watching new trailers, viral video clips, and shaky cell phone footage of people arguing on live television. This is why The Atlantic Wire is unveiling a new late afternoon feature highlighting the day's video clips that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention. Today: Al Pacino's Wilde documentary and Willie Nelson's lovely Coldplay cover.

  • Before you tease Al Pacino about making Wilde Salome, a feature-length  documentary about how fascinating he thinks Oscar Wilde's play Salome is, consider this: he made a similar documentary about the challenges of staging Shakespeare's Richard III in 1996 called Looking for Richard, and it's one of the more interesting and accesible accounts we've seen of how actors prepare to perform. Plus: look how happy he is! [Vulture]
  • There's no accounting for taste, and there's no accounting for anyone who has something cynical and mean to say about Willie Nelson covering Coldplay's "The Scientist" in an advertisement from Chipotle. Those words look garish and horrible when strung together in a sentence, but the video is sweet and lovely, the most serious, non-jokey project the Red Headed Stranger has been involved with for years. This isn't selling out--selling out would be doing an ad for a burrito chain about how terrible sustaining farming is. And he sounds beautiful. [YouTube via Click Track]
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