Watch This Awesomely Campy James Cameron-Directed Music Video Starring Kathryn Bigelow

Watch This Awesomely Campy James Cameron-Directed Music Video Starring Kathryn Bigelow

Nov 26, 2012

Bill Paxton Reach music videoIn honor of those first reviews for Zero Dark Thirty, we thought we'd zero in on this little nugget from director Kathryn Bigelow's past, back when she was starring in awful music videos for bands like Martini Ranch.

Martini Ranch (or “The Ranch,” as I like to call them) would have been completely forgettable if not for the fact that it was Bill Paxton’s band. Yeah, quirky actor Paxton once flirted with a music career – and this video, for the track "Reach," might be the most enduring memory of that ill-fated decision.

As our colleague Alison Nastasi recently pointed out, Paxton is hardly the only famous guy to have an embarrassing piece of work hiding in his closet – but what makes "Reach" so special is that it not only involved the actor, but also directors (and future husband and wife) James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow. That’s right, before Cameron was ruling the cinematic world with Titanic and Avatar, he killed some time making this gem for his buddy Bill Paxton.

We’re not sure what’s worse – the vocals or the weird seven-minute story that features Paxton getting branded by Bigelow, cowgirls, and a host of cameos by guys like Judge Reinhold, Lance Henriksen and Paul Reiser. Check out the full campy clip below. 

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