Some old outtake footage of One Direction‘s “What Makes You Beautiful” video has picked up a bit of buzz lately. Why? The British fab-hair five sang a cover of Oasis‘ “Wonderwall!” Now take a minute to reconcile the fact that the most successful UK act between 1995 and 2005 was just covered by the tour de force of English boy bands whose members were likely between the ages of one and three when the track was first released.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, this picture is the first thousand words of Guy Ritchie’s next film treatment. Sure, it’s got boxing (a November 2008 light-welterweight fight in Las Vegas), and it’s got foulmouthed Brits (at least, it has Liam Gallagher in his natural state, i.e. flipping off a camera). But see the redhead over Liam’s left shoulder, sternly looking off-camera? That’s Steve Allen, Gallagher’s bodyguard, business partner, and, according to Sunday’s Mirror, alleged death-threat sender.
Sam Berry and his girlfriend Claire Humphries both received letters in the mail containing bullets, the paper reports. The letters allegedly referred to one of several civil disputes in which former business associates Berry and Allen are entangled. The first of four such disputes ended with Allen forced to pay Berry ?54,000. On Sunday, Allen was arrested in connection with the death threats, then released on bail.
Allen is not only Gallagher’s bodyguard, but also managing director of the singer’s fashion brand Pretty Green, film company Savile Row Films, and production company In 1 Productions. Gallagher described Allen as a “constant companion,” according to The Guardian. He has not yet been alleged to have hung any recording artists out of hotel windows, but he was present at the 2002 brawl in which Gallagher got his front teeth knocked out.
At the time of this writing, his life rights are still available.