Chad Richardson, a St. John's singer-songwriter performing on Broadway in the hit musical Rent, has landed a role playing a young David Bowie in the video for Bowie's upcoming single, The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell, from his new album.
Through his agent, the 29-year-old Richardson auditioned for the role Aug. 31 when he was shown footage of a Spiders From Mars-era Bowie and asked to mimic his moves and mannerisms.
``I walked out of the audition going, `That was ridiculous,''' said Richardson, but he got the gig and shot the video at the infamous Kit Kat Club in New York City on Sept. 7.
Richardson, a longtime Bowie fan who didn't need to practise for the role, wore a costume complete with a shoulder-length, orange-red wig made of real hair which the stylist cut to resemble Bowie's hair today.
``The shoot was deadly,'' said Richardson.
``I was watching Bowie's video takes most of the day and I'd pass him and say, `Hello.' At one point, I introduced myself to him and said, `I'll be playing the young you.'
``And then, when I actually got to do my scene at the very end of the video, where I'm the new Bowie reborn, it was very cool because Bowie was watching.''
`You've got all my moves down'
``He runs up after -- and MTV were filming the whole thing for a documentary on the making of the video -- and he said, `Oh, my God, it's unbelievable. You've got all my moves down proper. I can't believe it.'
``Then we hung out and talked for quite a bit after that and talked about Newfoundland because he played here (in the early 1990s) and went whale-watching there after the show.
``He was super nice, and after he said, `Let me get some pictures,' and he brought his photographer over and I got to take a couple of pictures, too.''
The video will likely air on MTV and MuchMusic in the next few weeks.