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Helena Bonham Carter Cooks the Books in Rufus Wainwright’s ‘Out of the Game’ Video

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Helena Bonham Carter Cooks the Books in Rufus Wainwright’s ‘Out of the Game’ Video

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Having famous friends won’t get you anywhere on its own, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to have a healthy Rolodex when trying to create attention for yourself. Ask Rufus Wainwright, who enlisted the help of perpetual acting tour-de-force Helena Bonham Carter for his new music video, “Out of the Game.” HBC plays a slightly downbeat librarian, who seems to be sexually frustrated or something over the three malcontents laying about her library, each of whom is played by Wainwright in a series of wigs and age-inappropriate outfits. (The Sonic Youth Goo shirt is so freshman year.) While they lounge around, spilling whiskey on the carpet and mistreating the books they’re reading, she waits to get a mattress delivered in the mail, which leads to… well, not to spoil the ending, except to say that Wainwright must have some confusing dreams. You can watch and decide on your own. (The song is also fairly nice, in a languid way.)

“We have been friends for years,” Wainwright told the Sun about working with HBC. “Not only is she very beautiful, very glamorous, but she is also incredibly funny. At the end of the video she is basically wearing a bra. So I very much appreciate her friendship for furthering my career.” Another way to further that career: criticize Lady Gaga, de rigeur for artists insisting on going against the grain. “I totally admire her tenacity, her ambition and her strength of vision,” he recently said. “There’s just not one good song there.” Make the publicity machine work for you, right? Out of the Game, which is produced by Mark Ronson, is out on May 1.