Want a glimpse of what it was like to be Marshall and Kim Mathers? Watch the video for Eminem
's No. 1 duet with Rihanna
"Love The Way You Lie" that chronicles his tumultuous relationship with his ex-wife.
A-list actress Megan Fox portrays a sometimes vulnerable, sometimes confrontational Mrs. Eminem, and Dominic Monaghan, who plays Charlie Pace on Lost, takes on Eminem's persona.
The heated exchanges between Fox and Monaghan are captivating and intense. In one moment, they are a happy couple, enjoying each other's company. In another, they are wrestling, and punching each other in the face.
But true to the song's lyrics, they stay together.
Eminem said it was tough making the video work. "[Video director] Joseph [Kahn] worked pretty closely together to make sure we got this right," Eminem said in a statement
. "Trying to make this tough subject work visually is a challenge. It was great to have Rihanna, Megan and Dominic on board for this."
When Rihanna received the call to sing on the Eminem song, she jumped at the opportunity. "It's something that, you know, [Eminem and I have] both experienced, you know, on different sides, different ends of the table," she told Access Hollywood.
In 2009, Rihanna was involved in a domestic dispute with her former boyfriend Chris Brown that resulted in a felony assault charge for Brown. But her own experiences did not deter her from recording the song.
"It was just authentic. It was real," she added. "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 of 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."
Monaghan, a big Eminem fan, worked hard preparing for the role. He listened to Eminem's first two albums, and tried to get into a "nasty, dirty" frame of mind, he told MTV.
Fox donated her fee for appearing in the video to the Santa Monica, California based Sojourn
, a program for battered women and their children.
Watch Rihanna explain why she wanted to record the song with Eminem.
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