The subject matter behind Eminem‘s “Love the Way You Lie” music video is not based on the rapper’s past, publicized relationship with ex-wife Kim Mathers.
According to director Joseph Kahn, the Rihanna-featured track is solely meant to tell the story of two fictional characters.
“The subject matter is some of the most complex stuff I’ve ever handled … [and] obviously there are parallels, in terms of the song, with Eminem’s personal life and Rihanna’s personal life,” he said. “And I had actually, like last year, been working with Chris Brown … so I’m in the middle of all this stuff, and I have to be very, very careful with how I tread. But ultimately, if you really look at the video, it’s not about anybody in particular. … It’s a story specific to two characters I created. (MTV)
The video premiered online last week and featured actors Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan.
The wait is over as Eminem’s highly-anticipated music video for his duet track with Rihanna “Love the Way You Lie” is out for viewing pleasure. Featuring top-notch actors Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan, it follows a tumultuous relationship with a lot of violent scenes. The music video is directed by Joseph Kahn and based on the troubled relationship between Eminem and his two-time ex-wife, Kim. “[It’s] essentially a look at the relationship that Eminem was in with his wife, Kim, so I kind of felt like I was playing Eminem a little bit, and Megan Fox was kind of playing Kim,” Monaghan told MTV. (Ace Showbiz)
Em’s latest Recovery music video also uses a burning house and open field for imagery.
Rihanna is seen singing in front of a burning house while Eminem raps the majority of his verses in an open field. The final scene shows both Dominic and Eminem on fire which presumably is symbolism of Eminem seeing his self in the character Dominic plays. The video is powerful and is the perfect completion to the story the lyrics of “Love the Way You Lie” started. (Examiner)
After much speculation, details on what the featured actors’ roles would be within Em’s video were finally revealed last month.
Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan’s roles are apparently inspired by Eminem’s relationship with ex-wife Kim (They married and divorced twice!). “Things start off with a sex scene between Megan and Dominic,” a source said. “Then they fight but end up having sex again.” The source described the look and feel of the video as “gritty” with “lots of passion.” (E! Online)
Check out the “Love the Way You Lie” music video down below: