Taylor Swift donned drag to transform herself into an obnoxious, hard partying man for her new music video.
The Bad Blood hitmaker has directed the promo for the track The Man, from her Lover album, and went through an intensive makeup transformation to play a sexist playboy in the short film, which debuted Thursday (February 267, 2020).
In the video, Taylor as ‘The Man’ berates co-workers in an office, man spreads on the subway while smoking a cigar, urinates on a station wall, parties with bikini-clad models on a yacht, and throws a tantrum at a women’s charity tennis tournament.
At the end of the video, Taylor, as director, is shown talking to ‘the actor’ playing The Man, voiced by Dwayne Johnson, and tells him he needs to be “sexier” and “more likeable. The credits then reveal the makeup transformation the 29-year-old popstar underwent to play the role.
It also contains a dig at music manager Scooter Braun, who she has feuded with over his decision to buy up her back catalog, and a jokey namecheck for Leonardo DiCaprio – with many of the video’s scenes bearing a resemblance to his movie The Wolf of Wall Street.
Before releasing the video, the star hosted a YouTube Q&A session with fans in the comments section of her YouTube Premiere account, revealing what it was like to direct the video – and hinted at some of its secrets.
“I loved the months of prep, meetings, location scouting, set design, mood boards, deciding every detail down to the wardrobe each actress/actor wore and working with them on set,” she wrote. “So um all of it.”
She also described the person playing ‘The Man’ as, “A bo$$” and hinted that there would be cameos in the video “but not in the way you think”.
One person who does make a full cameo in the video is Taylor’s dad Scott, who appears briefly as a tennis umpire.