Joseph Kahn says Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan didn’t have an easy job on ‘Love the Way You Lie’ set.
Given that he’s one of the biggest names in music videos and his latest project featured both Eminem and Rihanna, Joseph Kahn should have had no problem casting the two leads for the “Love the Way You Lie” video. And yet, he considers himself “incredibly lucky” to have landed both Dominic Monaghan and Megan Fox for the clip.
So, with two big-name actors on set, and only two days to shoot the entire video, Kahn had his work cut out for him. Monaghan and Fox were going to need to channel conflicting emotions — anger one second, passion the next — and do it quickly. As the director, it was up to Kahn to help them harness all of that — often at a moment’s notice. Luckily for him, he had two of the best to work with.
The controversial video to Eminem and Rihanna’s collaboration, Love The Way You Lie, has broken records as it racked up over 6.6million YouTube views in the first 24 hours of its release.
The video, which glamourises domestic violence by constantly showing it as a precursor to sex with Transformers star Megan Fox, has provoked debate from bloggers, pop critics and broadsheet journalists alike.
The promo also stars Lord of The Rings and Lost star Dominic Monaghan, who isn’t only punching walls, but sincerely above his weight, again. Not only does he date Evangeline Lilly but he gets paid to snog Megan Fox?!
DOMINIC MONAGHAN provoked MEGAN FOX while filming EMINEM’s LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE music video – because he was determined for the beauty to “get angry” and “smack” him.
The couple portray Eminem and his ex-wife Kim Mathers during their tumultuous and violent relationship and the British actor reveals he was so dedicated to the shoot, he shaved his head to play the rapper and asked Fox to call him Slim – the hip-hop star’s nickname.
And he admits he was more focused on taunting his co-star than their steamy clinches.
“Love The Way You Lie,” featuring Rihanna, will premiere on MTV and VEVO.com on Thursday, August 5th at 9:00 PM EDT. Shot in Los Angeles, the video was directed by Joseph Kahn. Rihanna appears in the video, which also features Megan Fox (Transformers) and Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Rings, Lost) playing a couple going through the extremes of an abusive relationship.
Megan Fox donated her fee for her video appearance to Sojourn House, a shelter for abused women. Sojourn provides battered women and their children a safe space to regroup, rebuild, and reestablish their self-esteem and lives. For more information on Sojourn House please visit http://www.opcc.net/
Come back tomorrow night for pictures and the video!
Joseph Kahn posted on his twitter page that they finished filming “I Love The Way You Lie” music video and that it will premiere next week! I can’t wait to see Megan’s cameo!