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The much-anticipated video for the Eminem and Rihanna collaboration, "Love the Way You Lie," debuted before "Jersey Shore" last week and, much like the subject matter tackled in the song, the clip is explosive.
The video opens with Rihanna standing in front of what's revealed to be a burning house, before cutting to a couple, played by Hollywood bad girl Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan of "Lord of the Rings" and "Lost" fame. The pair are lying in bed together, seemingly content, until Fox notices the phone number of another woman written on Monaghan's hand.
It then takes a violent turn, with Fox spitting in Monaghan's face, punching him and then scuffling around until he puts his hand through a wall.
In a flashback, the video recounts the couple's courtship and tries to visualize how the destructive love-hate cycles that typify domestic violence relationships come to be.
"Baby please come back/ it wasn't you/baby it was me/maybe our relationship isn't as crazy as it seems/maybe that's what happens when a tornado meets a volcano/all I know is I love you too much," Em raps as the song's slow burn builds to its tragic conclusion, with Fox, Eminem and Monaghan being engulfed in flames.
The song attracted buzz long before it hit the airwaves because both Eminem and Rihanna have been associated with domestic violence issues. Eminem vented frequently on past records about the troubled relationship he had with now ex-wife Kim, and Rihanna was beaten up by her ex, R & B singer Chris Brown, after an awards show.
In an interview with Access Hollywood, the pop star revealed why she participated in the project.
"[Eminem] pretty much just broke the cycle of domestic violence and it's something that a lot of people don't have a lot of insight on," she said. "So this song is really powerful and it touches a lot of people."
Monaghan said in a recent interview with HitFix what he thought Eminem was trying to convey with the song.
"Ultimately, what I think he's trying to say in the song...is that he should have walked away a little bit quicker than he did and not let it get as messy as it did," he said.
Fox declined payment for her participation, instead donating her earnings to Sojourn, a women's safe house in California that helps domestic violence victims.