Ed Sheeran has been getting experimental with his latest project, No.6 Collaborations Project, which is a follow up to Sheeran’s 2011 EP No.5 Collaborations Project. It’s a collab album (hence the name) with 15 new songs that features Sheeran along side 22 other artists such as Justin Bieber, British rapper Stormzy, 50 Cent, to name a few.
Since the announcement of this project back in May, four of these songs (so far) have come with music videos. Among this bunch is single “Antisocial” that features rapper Travis Scott. Video director Dave Meyers has this unlikely duo playing dress up in reference to some pretty iconic movies. “Can you spot the movie references?” asks Sheeran in his Instagram post announcing the video’s release. Maybe not but I think we gave it our best shot. So, in case you also missed any, think of this as your guide to the movie references in the “Antisocial” music video.
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Right off the bat we see the British singer in a headlock whilst wearing a yellow jacket that is reminiscent of Beatrix “The Bride” Kiddo’s (Uma Thurman) iconic yellow jumpsuit in Kill Bill.
Next up we see Sheeran wearing face paint and wearing a snazzy outfit, which is complete with a fedora-like hat. At first glance, the scene has minor traces of the 2011 drama Citizen Gangster. But then we see his face suddenly get animated. As his features basically pop out of his face it becomes clearer that this is most likely a reference to Jim Carey’s 1994 classic, The Mask. Travis Scott does the same thing later on in the video. Minus the face paint.
The party/casino scene was a bit tricky. The overall atmosphere, outfits and props such as a fluffy chihuahua, Sheeran’s purple suit and the gold cutlery could be a callback to a con that took place in the 2013 film American Hustle.
In a bustling cooperate office we see a workaholic Sheeran chatting on the phone while mishandling an overwhelmed robot. We’re getting some serious Office Space vibes from this one. However, it’s not clear what the robot is doing there. It’s most likely that the bot, which is Scarlett Entertainment’s Segway Robot, is strictly for comedic purposes though one could draw a loose parallel from Big Hero 6. Or Chappie.
Next we see the singer getting attacked by birds. At least that’s the idea. Fortunately he has a booth of glass to protect him. Unfortunately the birds appear to have gone bonkers and are willing to hurl themselves at the glass in order to break it. This shot is totally a reference to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 classic, The Birds. The whole scene is nearly identical to the movie’s phone booth scene.
The next reference comes from Travis Scott dressed as an astronaut seemingly abandoned in a red dessert. Just like Matt Damon’s character when he is abandoned on Mars in the 2015 movie, The Martian.
Then we see Scott getting acting as the world’s creepiest dentist. His newly equipped, stainless steel phalanges is an obvious callback to Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands.
The fight scene outside a caravan/trailer, complete with a mullet wearing Ed, is most likely (totally) inspired by Guy Ritchie’s Snatch.
In another fight scene Scott’s head is photo shopped on a martial arts master. The fact he’s wearing a bandanna and that this is taking place in an Asian restaurant is giving us serious Karate Kid vibes.
In the final scene, which might look like Ed and Travis simply winding down after all the excitement, is actually referencing another Quentin Tarantino flick, Pulp Fiction. This finale is similar to the final diner scene of the movie. “Eat the damn fry, Ed!”
What do you think of this list? Were there any references we missed? Let us know! Stream Ed Sheeran’s No.6 Collaborations Project where ever you get your music or buy your own copy here!