There are many stars in Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night" video, but perhaps none as sparkling as Katy herself, who director Marc Klasfeld said had fun playing dorky Kathy Beth Terry.
"I thought it was really bold of Katy, who is such a sex symbol, to try something like this, but I also knew it would be received very well if done right. I worked with Katy on 3OH!3's 'Starstrukk' and knew she could pull off comedy. And she is actually an incredible actress who dove into this Kathy Beth role with reckless abandon," he told MTV News about the colorful romp. "I really hope other artists take Katy's lead and try to not take themselves so seriously all the time. Sometimes, fun can be cool too."
Speaking of fun, Hanson, Kenny G and two "Glee" stars are hardly the only celebs that made the final cut, Klasfeld shares. "One more random celebrity fact that added to the video is that the video was shot at ['Dukes of Hazzard' actor] John Schneider's house," he revealed. "That added a special spirit to the piece. He's got a pretty wicked house with all this classic 'Dukes of Hazzard' stuff up on the walls. John and his family were away for the weekend, thankfully, 'cause the house really did look trashed when we were shooting. We had a great art department who cleaned it up though and made it look brand-new."
Klasfeld was asked to turn Perry's goofy Teen Choice Awards character into the lead for the video, and from there it all took off. "Katy and Danny Lockwood at Katy's label collaborated with me and really pushed hard to make this a very special video. Having done many comedic music videos, I was immediately into it and wrote something up," he said. "With Katy having four #1 singles, I wanted to make this fifth [single] into an event like Michael Jackson used to do.
"The inspiration was obviously John Hughes, but also a lot of my own music videos that I did for Alien Ant Farm, Sum 41, Nelly and others," he continued. "I always enjoy making these pop-culture mash-ups where comedy and random celebrities get mixed with the music into this brand-new thing."
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