Britney Spears mixed business with pleasure when shooting her new video for Criminal, which also features her boyfriend, Jason Trawick.
Now, the video’s director, Chris Marrs Piliero says he initially didn’t want Jason to take the role and thought they should hire an actor.
In a new interview with MTV, he revealed, “When she first hit me up, she had a basic story in mind, and she actually always originally planned to have Jason, her boyfriend, play the role, and I wasn’t super stoked on that idea at first, actually.”
He went on to say, “I wanted to make a really rad, epic video, and I definitely got the sense from her she wanted something really cool. And in my mind, I was just thinking then, ‘We really should not be using your boyfriend; we should get an actor.’ So I mean, I didn’t say that, but in the back of my mind, I’m like, ‘I don’t like this idea at all.'”
He did give Jason kudos for his acting ability, though. He continued, “At the end of the day, Jason killed it. That was one of those things I was really stoked about, as much as I went into it like, ‘Wow, he’s not an actor. This is going to be interesting’, but I really do like a challenge, and I really do like the idea that I’m a director and my job is to direct and get the performance.”
He added, “For me, it was a fun challenge to be like, ‘I’m gonna make sure that you are awesome’, and he was.”
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