It Turns Out One Direction's 'What Makes You Beautiful' Video Nearly Got Shut Down By Police

Time to throw it right back to 2011.​

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If you didn't know that it's the fifth anniversary of One Direction's iconic debut music vid for 'What Makes You Beautiful' this week, then really, where the hell have you been?

To celebrate this momentous occasion, director John Urbano has been revealing a few never before disclosed facts about the process of making the vid with Harry, Niall, Louis, Liam and Zayn, including a little gem about how the whole thing was very nearly shut down by police.

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While your first thought might be that this was because of Louis and Harry's insistence at photobombing the shots with their naked bottoms or even because Niall wanted to include a pack of skateboarding dogs without equipping them with helmets for safety, you would be wrong.

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In fact, it's actually all because John wanted to get a shot of the lads driving their orange VW camper along Highway 1, and apparently California Highway Patrol (aka the cops) weren't hugely into it.

"The cops were saying 'Hold on,' and I'm telling them to go," he recounts to Fuse.tv. "Then we p****d the cops off. 

"Literally, they came up, and they were screaming at us, and they walked away and we all laughed inside the car."

Read: everyone except Liam was laughing, because we all know at that point Captain Sensible was probably crying and writing the policemen a nice letter to apologise.

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"I was like, 'Look guys, we have to pay attention to them because if they shut us down, we can't use the highway'." John adds.

WELL. Just call them One DANGER-ection from now on.

Actually maybe don't because that reads weirdly just like 'erection', doesn't it?

Anyway, there is a video of the whole police adventure the lads had, so let's throw it right back to 2011, shall we?

"I mean; can you imagine that today? Like, if One Direction were on any beach in the world, and nobody knew who they were?" John continued, making a fairly valid point.

"Girls were just saying, like, 'Who are these guys? They kind of sound good?' To watch them go from that to not being able to go anywhere without being attacked is pretty cool."

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