By Zachary Swickey
Last week, we marveled at actor Emile Hirsch's homemade, frequently skeevy video for Daft Punk's "Alive" and wondered, amongst other things, how he'd top himself the next time out. Would there be even more dudes without shirts?
As it turns out, the answer is no. There's nary a bare-chested guy in Hirsch's brand-new music video, for Eminem's 2000 track "Kill You" (give him credit for choosing a song from the last decade this time around). But there is one seriously cute cat, some dogs, illicit catnip use, a mean-spirited middle-aged woman and even a cameo from the director herself.
What does Hirsch's video have to do with Em's ultra-violent track (in which he fantasizes about raping his mother and murdering his ex-wife)? Well, nothing, really. Instead, Eminem is played by Kiki, a gray and white cat, who battles a pair of dogs who dare infringe on her(?) turf, hits the catnip hard and even attempts to smother her owner while she sleeps. Still, it's filled with clever nods to Em's lyrics — when he spits "They say I can't rap about coke no more," Kiki traipses around some empty Diet Coke bottles, and when he laments "Here we go again, we're out of medicine," Kiki thrashes around in her last bit of catnip — and, at the video's end, there's even a cat bath, which, it should be noted, Kiki handles it with like a pro.
Clearly, much like Hirsch, this isn't her first music video. And hopefully, it won't be her last, either.