"Electrical Storm" [04:26]
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The video for “Electrical Storm” was shot August 21, 2002 at Eze-Sur-Mer, a seaside community in France. The video featured Larry Mullen Jr, and actress Samantha Morton, known for her roles in the films Minority Report, Control and John Carter of Mars. Morton in this video plays a mermaid. Anton Corbin acted as director for this video. Filming started around 6am on Wednesday, August 21, and wrapped around 3am the following day. The DVD single also indicates that some shots were filmed in London.
The video opens with Morton running down a sidewalk, and then a scene of Larry Mullen carrying a television out of the ocean. We soon see Larry carrying Morton out of the ocean complete with mermaid’s tail, and then pushing a bathtub out for her to rest in on the beach. Scenes of the band traveling by train are mixed in with the footage of Larry and Morton.
A romance blossoms between Mullen and Morton, and they share many intimate moments throughout the video.
A “Making Of” video was made as well, which was featured on the DVD single for “Electrical Storm”. Larry spoke about the video, “You know it’s kind of strange being out from behind the drum kit where it feels safe. Sometimes you gotta do things that are not really you. I felt kind of out of my skin. It was strange, a strange thing to have to do. Bono asked me if I’d be interested in doing it and i said yes before I realized what was involved. Anton didn’t explain to me exactly what I was going to have done to me. So it was a little bit of a shock. You say yes and take the consequences. I’m much more comfortable behind the drum kit – that’s my day job, that’s what i’m passionate about. It was fun to do something else, excruciating and all as it will be watching some of this stuff back. I can only imagine..yeah watching it back is going to be pretty interesting.”
Anton Corbijn was initially worried about Larry taking the lead, “I’d never really seen him acting, and i think he’s really happy to be in the background. I wasn’t initially convinced. But he indicated he really would be giving it 100% and he really did, I have to say, he really cared a lot about it.”
The video began appearing on television on September 17, 2002, and was added to U2.com as an exclusive for subscribers on September 22, 2002.
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- Directed by Anton Corbijn
- Producer: Richard Bell
- Production Company: State Ltd.
- D.O.P.: Phedon Papamichael
- Editor: James Cole (According to “The Best of 1990 – 2000” DVD)
- Editor: James Rose (According to the “Electrical Storm” DVD)