JC Chasez insists he and Tara Reid are just buddies, but in his new video they are a lot more.
And according to Bryan Barber, who directed the clip for "Blowin' Me Up (With Her Love)," the 'NSYNC singer and "American Pie" actress make a great couple.
"The chemistry between the two of them is dynamic," Barber said Thursday. "We were pondering who to get as our leading lady and we went out a couple nights before the video and she was right before our face. The chemistry was there, but I had to convince both of them. They thought about it and said, 'Let's do it.' They gave me a lot on screen. I'm excited."
Barber described the video, shot earlier this month at a junkyard in the San Fernando Valley, as "a rock and roll version of 'Mad Max.' "
"We got cars being crushed, monster trucks, explosions, weird-looking
people," Barber said. "We got pyrotechnics and a drag race type thing. It's a real fun video."
Dallas Austin, who produced the single, also appears in the video, driving a monster truck and smashing cars. Austin is executive producer of the movie "Drumline" and its soundtrack, which features Chasez's first solo single (see "'NSYNC's JC Chasez Records Solo Tracks, Considers Album").
Chasez approached Barber after seeing his video for Outkast's "The Whole World."
"It's totally different from what he's done with 'NSYNC," the director said. "He wanted to go left of center and that's what we did. We had some fun and presented JC in a whole new way."
Aside from "funky choreography," sets built from auto wreckage and a
post-apocalyptic wardrobe, the video features a lot of drummers. "Other than that, there's nothing to do with [the movie]," Barber said.
"Blowin' Me Up (With Her Love)" was released to select radio stations on Tuesday and will hit all formats on December 9, according to Chasez's Jive Records spokesperson.
The "Drumline" soundtrack, which features Joe and Jadakiss, Trick Daddy, Jermaine Dupri and others, is due December 10 (see "JC Chasez, Joe, Jadakiss, Alicia Keys On 'Drumline' Soundtrack").
Chasez's video will debut that week and the film will open on December 13 (see "Dallas Austin Making Film About This One Time At Band Class ...").
While Chasez has not yet confirmed that he will release a solo album (see "JC
Chasez Wants Your Opinion, But Keep It On The Download"), Barber said the singer played him several songs.
"It's incredible," he said. "He's a very powerful songwriter. I didn't even know he did ballads. I was impressed."