BTS’ V Channeled ‘Cry-Baby’-Era Johnny Depp & Billy Joel For ‘Butter’ Video

“The image I got from that was really intense,” he said of the 1990 Depp classic.

If you’ve ever wondered what inspires the looks in BTS‘ videos, V is here to give you a bit of insight into how he pulls together his colorful outfits. In an interview with Weverse magazine, the 25 year-old member of the K-pop supergroup pulls back the curtain on which icons he looked to for his slick profile in the “Butter” visual.

“Well, there was Billy Joel,” V said, though he didn’t elaborate on what role the Piano Man played in his “Butter” profile. “When I shoot a music video, I think of a movie more than any one artist. And when I perform on stage, for some songs I think of the way movies like Reservoir Dogs look. For ‘Butter,’ I watched a lot of teen movies. And musicals. After that I randomly ended up seeing a video on YouTube of some scenes from an old teen movie Johnny Depp did [Cry-Baby]. The image I got from that was really intense. That’s the look I used in ‘Butter.'”

The 1990 teen musical/rom-com written and directed by provocateur John Waters starred Depp as a 1950s-era teen rebel “Cry-Baby” Wade Walker, whose iconic look includes a slicked-back greaser pompadour with a hanging forelock, leather motorcycle jacket, jeans and white T-shirt. In fact, V said that “Butter” felt like a teen musical to him and that he “really, really tried to shoot the part in the elevator so it would feel like a teen movie.”

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