It's hard to imagine a new take on Drake's endlessly parodied hit "Hotline Bling," but W magazine managed to do so by having A-listers from Bryan Cranston to Amy Schumer reinterpret the lyrics for our amusement.
The musical tribute to long-lost booty calls gets stripped down for the minimalist version, whose stanzas often alternate between earnest poetry readings and giddy dance parties. Posted Tuesday on YouTube, the video full of Oscar-caliber performances has gone viral, collecting more than a half-million views as of noon Wednesday.
Elizabeth Banks opts for the open-mic poetry slam approach, recalling how someone used to call her "late night, when you need my love."
Kristen Wiig later realizes, with gravitas, "That can only mean one thing."
Seth Rogen takes a more conversational tone, recalling, "Ever since I left the city …"
A terse Schumer finishes that sentence with, "… you got a reputation for yourself now," and punctuates her statement with a single, disappointed nod.
Cranston's assessment is emphasized with dramatic pauses. "You," he growls, "started wearing less. And going out more."
Other profound exhibitions of thee-ah-tah are unleashed by Paul Dano, Joel Edgerton, Greta Gerwig, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rooney Mara, Maika Monroe and Saoirse Ronan.
As of Wednesday morning, it was unknown if the Hollywood Foreign Press would consider the video for last-minute Golden Globe nominations in dramatic, musical or comedy film categories.
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