When shooting the clip for the chart-topping hit "Love the Way You Lie," it helped that Dominic Monaghan was a huge Eminem fan. But it also didn't hurt that the shoot called for him to engage in a make-out session with former "Transformers" hottie Megan Fox.
"What is it like kissing Megan Fox? It's all right," he laughed. "No I'm just kidding. It's fine, it's work. She's married. I have a lot of respect for marriage." Aware of her recent nuptials to Brian Austin Green, Monaghan revealed that one of the first things he said to Fox when they got on set was, "Look, I know that you're married and I don't want to do anything inappropriate. And she said, 'It's all kind of inappropriate, huh?' "
In a theme the rapper has come back to time and again, Monaghan said the concept of the clip revolves around domestic violence and Eminem's tumultuous relationship with his twice-ex wife, Kim. "It's the story of them getting to know each other and it's the story of their tumultuous relationship and it's the story of the breakdown of their relationship," Monaghan explained of the video, which will premiere on Thursday night on MTV, hot on the heels of Eminem's eight VMA nominations.
In order to tap into the sometimes contentious camaraderie that Marshall and Kim have shared over the years, Monaghan hearkened back to some of the most notorious couples of all time. "We're supposed to be desperately in love, like Sid and Nancy, John and Yoko ... Eminem and Kim," he said. "Though I tried as hard as I could to make her laugh and have fun with her. I think we got on pretty well."
In one scene in a bar, Monaghan described a scenario where he has to roll up on another gentleman who is talking to Fox's character, and the actress asked what she should call him when he comes over and is about to hit the guy. "I said, call me Slim," he said. " 'Cuz that's who I am essentially. I was playing Slim Shady and trying as hard as I could to be Slim Shady."
For motivation, the German-born, British-bred actor said he listened to Em's first two albums a lot and tried to get into a "nasty, dirty ... white trash" frame of mind, strutting around the set in either no shirt or a dirty cut-off T-shirt and thinking about one of his favorite snacks, Twinkies.
Fox donated her fee for appearing in the clip to the Sojourn House, a shelter for abused women and children.
Don't forget to tune in to MTV on Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/PT for the premiere of Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie," and check MTVNews.com for full coverage of the clip.