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James Nesbitt joins band for new video, thanks to Sir Elton

By Maureen Coleman

James Nesbitt is to star in a new music video at the request of pop legend Elton John.

The Coleraine actor features in Just Jack’s new video for his latest single The Day I Died, due for release next month.

Elton — who has previously cast Justin Timberlake and Robert Downey Jnr in his own music videos — called up Nesbitt on Just Jack’s behalf and asked him to come onboard.

The video was shot in London and was directed by Ben and Joe Dempsey.

Just Jack, whose real name is Jack Allsopp, became friendly with Elton John after the latter called him up to say he liked his music.

Since then he has been round at Elton’s house having dinner with the star and his partner David Furnish.

Just Jack said: “I asked Elton if he knew anyone who’d be good for the role. After hearing the album, he said he had just the man.”

Nesbitt — star of Occupation, Five Minutes of Heaven and Jekyl — said he jumped at the chance to do it: “Elton called me out of the blue and asked me to do it. You don’t say no to him.”

Just Jack himself makes a cameo appearance as a paramedic for the finale of the cinematic video. Nesbitt’s performance has been described as “chilling”.

The Day I Died — the second single from the album All Night Cinema — is released on August 17. It was Sara Cox’s Record of the Week last week.

Just Jack, whose hits include Starz In Their Eyes and Embers, plays the Electric Picnic festival in Co Laois at the start of September.

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