Mike Reilly was already used to attracting attention in his black, 1968 Cadillac convertible with bull horns on the hood, and now the vintage ride that graced the cover of Pacific NW magazine is more famous than ever. The car makes an appearance in Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ video for their Caddy-centric song, “White Walls,” parts of which were filmed in Seattle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PLifPUIuic). The hip-hop duo took over a section of Broadway on Capitol Hill this summer to shoot scenes for the video on the roof of Dick’s Drive-In, as thousands of fans cheered below.
Reilly’s Cadillac was used in scenes shot in farm country outside Ellensburg and in Seattle’s University District.
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How’d Reilly’s car wind up in a music video for one of the nation’s hottest music acts? Like everything in showbiz, it was all about luck, timing and connections. Reilly has some friends in the local music industry, and this past summer, one of them referred the video-production company in charge of the upcoming shoot to him.
He says he got a call one day from a production-crew rep saying they were shooting a music video for an artist named Macklemore, “a white rapper.” Reilly got a kick out of that description, but he didn’t need it. Reilly was well aware of the artist.
“I was star struck, so I said sure,” Reilly says. He left the car keys under one of the floor mats, and the car was carted away on a flatbed for the shoot.
It was returned two days later, with a $250 check signed by Lewis, Macklemore’s DJ and producer.
The fun wasn’t over for Reilly, though.
The production crew called again to borrow the Cadillac for another scene to be shot in the U-District, the one at the end of the video in which the rapper shoots a bow into one of the car’s tires. Reilly tagged along for the shoot and got to meet Macklemore and Lewis.
“He was cool, really nice,” Reilly says.
Every now and then, someone will stop him on the road and ask if that’s the car from the video.
“Maybe I can have him sign my dash or something,” Reilly says with a chuckle. “And I was thinking about giving Macklemore tours in it — going to Dick’s, maybe thrift-shopping. That’d be hilarious.”
At the very least, he has one heck of a story to tell: America’s biggest “white rapper” and his video vixens danced on the hood of his beloved Caddy.
— Tyrone Beason