Lionel Richie had video worries

Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie "worried to death" about his sculpted likeness in the 'Hello' video because it looked so little like him.

Lionel Richie "worried to death" about his sculpted likeness in the 'Hello' video.

The 65-year-old singer famously portrayed an art teacher in love with a blind student in the 1984 promotional film and he was concerned that the sculpture - which has been the subject of much ridicule - looked so little like him but director Bob Giraldi insisted that was the intention.

Lionel said: "When I saw the bust, I said, 'Bob, it doesn't look like me.' He said, 'We'll talk about it later.'

"We filmed one segment. I went back and said, 'You really have to take a look at this.' We filmed the second segment, and here comes the third, where I had to shoot with the bust. Again, I said, 'Bob, it doesn't look like me.' Bob turned to me and said, 'Lionel, she's blind. End of subject.'

"In other words, if she got a perfect look, what kind of exceptional person is this? It's got to look a little skewed and off.

"But it worried me to death to stand next to this bust. I'm going, 'Oh, my God, I hope the world doesn't see me looking like this.' "

Lionel also revealed the original plan for the video didn't feature a blind woman.

He told Billboard magazine: "It was going to be a story about someone seeing someone else across the room and falling in love. Then Bob Giraldi came along and took the seeing part out."

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