Eminem And Rihanna Watch It Burn In The “Love The Way You Lie” Video

Aug 5th, 2010 // 9 Comments

Ever since Eminem and Rihanna teased their music video for “Love The Way You Lie” with a couple shots from the set, and then taunted by performing the song together during RiRi’s gig at L.A.’s Staples Center a couple weeks back, we’ve known this one was going to be fire. Wipe the smoke from your eyes and watch the powerful Joseph Kahn-directed epic—which co-stars Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan—after the jump.

Eminem feat. Rihanna — “Love The Way You Lie”

In the dramatic clip, Megan and Dominic play a couple who alternate between violently fighting with one another and briefly making up (by making out). Fox literally plays with fire in the video, which follows their relationship as it hurtles toward tragedy, flames spreading all the while. It’s not a huge leap to see the fire as a representation of the far-reaching pain triggered by domestic abuse, or of the cycle of violence itself.

“Joseph and I worked pretty closely together to make sure we got this right,” says Eminem, who is up for eight MTV VMAs (including Video Of The Year for “Not Afraid”) in a release about the clip. “Trying to make this tough subject work visually is a challenge. It was great to have Rihanna, Megan and Dominic on board for this. They really brought it and made this video super-powerful.”

MTV notes that Rihanna told Access Hollywood that recording “Love The Way You Lie,” which deals with abuse within a relationship, was something that she “needed” to do.

“It’s something that, you know, [Eminem and I have] both experienced, you know, on different sides, different ends of the table,” she said. “It just was authentic. It was real. It was believable for us to do a record like that, but it was also something that needed to be done, and the way he did it was so clever. He pretty much just broke down the cycle of domestic violence, and it’s something that a lot people don’t have a lot of insight on, so this song is a really, really powerful song, and it touches a lot of people.”

The vid’s star, Dominic Monaghan tells MTV that the relationship depicted between he and Megan Fox in the video is based on Eminem and his ex-wife Kim. Says Monaghan:

“I think we tried as hard as we could to not glorify the violence, to try and explain that this was a relationship that is by no means ideal and a relationship that probably should have ended a lot sooner than it did,” Monaghan told MTV News. “The concept of ‘Love the Way You Lie’ was 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.”

And if the sole purpose of music videos is the promotion of singles and albums, Em really didn’t need to bother (though we’re glad he did). This week “Love The Way You Lie” notched a third week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 1oo chart, while Recovery has racked up sales of nearly two million copies since its release in June. The album also relinquished its perch at #1 on Billboard‘s Top 200 this week after a five-week stay.

What do you think of Rihanna and Em’s collab? Best video of 2010, or were you expecting more?

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  1. The video is simply amazing!

  2. la'toya

    love this video and song!!!!

  3. Jen

    I don’t agree with the critics take on this video. This video and song are a warning to others from those who have lived and done it. Very well done and it represents both sides well. Thank you for giving a voice to those of us who can’t explain it well enough to shout for help.

  4. i so agree with u

  5. uv course dumb ass

  6. i love u baby girl

  7. NYC

    I expected a little more but the song holds this video up!! I though Em and Rihanna would act out the scenes as both have been on either side of abuse. I love Rihanna’s expression in the beginning, it really is authentic.

  8. KeepItReal

    Love is on of the most powerful emotions of the human experience.
    When two Alpha/Dominant personalities meet, fall in love, are crazy in lust,
    with one another. There is fire. And that is ok as long as both people are
    willing to deal with the consequences.

    But we now have the Great Nanny Society: Who steal our money. Runs up insane
    debts. Insist we are vaccinated to dumb us down. Flouridate the water to mellow us out and make the masses more manageable. They put BPA in the processed food to make males less male.

    And they now want to tell us how to love. How to have hot sex. They want to steal from us, run our lives. And tell us how to screw in the bedroom.

    Like a former girlfriend told me. “All beautiful, hot, sexy, women are crazy.”

    We loved each other. Was the best sex I’ve had. Yes she was crazy. She tried to beat the hell out of me. So what? Who’s business is it?

    Stay the hell out of our lives. Stop stealing our money. Stop staging FALSE te rr or events. Stop the made up wars. Leave us be.

    And if Meagan Fox wants to kick my ass? Come on over baby. Bruises heal.

    The video and lyrics were written and directed by those who have truly Loved, Lived, and likely had the most powerful sex and emotions that exsist. Good job!

    For all of those who can’t deal. Don’t watch it.

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