On Tuesday, August 29th, HipHopDX & Def Jam held a live screening of Logic’s “1-800-273-8255,” a suicide prevention music video featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid.
The music video features cameo appearances from Matthew Modine, Don Cheadle, Luis Guzman, Nolan Gould, Logic, Alessia Cara and Khalid.
Following the screening there was a live Q&A discussion featuring cast members of the music video, members of the Suicide Prevention Hotline and the LGBTQ community.
Posted by HipHopDX.com on Tuesday, August 29, 2017
“It’s a real thing. The idols that we have are committing suicide. The kid down the block. The mother down the street.”
Shortly after the release of Logic’s music video for his song “1-800-273-8255,” HipHopDX and Def Jam held a live Q&A discussion with actors from the music video, including Luis Guzmán, Coy Stewart, Don Cheadle, Nolan Gould and Matthew Modine.
As someone who was a social worker prior to becoming an actor, being a part of this music video that focuses on suicide prevention meant a lot to Guzmán.
“I’m the father of five young people,” said Guzmán. “When this came about, I heard the song and I was absolutely blown away by it. Anything that I can do to promote humanity, that’s what I’m about. This provided me with that avenue so I’m really happy to be a part of it.”
After losing his friend, Robin Williams, to suicide, Guzmán admits that he felt bad because he “didn’t see his pain.” Guzmán always thought of Williams as “the funny man” – the one who “tells jokes.” It never occurred to Guzmán that Williams was having suicidal thoughts. And this is why Logic’s music video, and particularly Guzmán’s role in it, is very important and personal to him. When asked about how he reflects on his character in the video – a high school coach who reaches out to a student dealing with suicidal thoughts – Guzmán said:
“People need to be loved. People need to be held. People need to be heard. There’s a lot of pain out there… We can give people an alternative to checking out… I think, we as humans, need to be more sensitive to each other… A hug can do a lot to everybody, anywhere, any time. And it doesn’t matter if you know that person or not. We live in a very complex world. And when you see something like that [Logic’s music video], it gives you some kind of hope. Like somebody is listening.”
And just like everyone involved in the project hoped, the music video made a huge impact.
CREDIT: NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE / LOGIC / INSTAGRAM
Watch the full music video for “”1-800-273-8255.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression and might be having suicidal thoughts, please call 1-800-273-8255. Never be afraid to reach out and seek help.