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Lionel Ritchie on the video that made him a star

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That ”Hello” video never dies! To this day, I still get questioned: ”Was the actress in it blind?” She wasn’t, but that concept stuck in the minds of the entire world. The clay sculpture would have been a wonderful memorabilia piece, but it fell off the pedestal at the end of shooting. I could’ve cut my Afro down just a tad — I stood in front of the mirror for hours working on it! If you go back and look at [photos of] the cast and crew, everyone’s looked like that. Actually, you’ll see me in very few pictures from the 1980s — I was like the guy who didn’t hang. Once I was off stage, I tried to find a place to hide. Nowadays, everyone goes to Miami or New York City to party. We went on the road.

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