"I knew [Lawrence's] ability as a director is so much higher than what I could [do]," Gaga explained to MTV News last week. "There's this one shot in the video where I get kidnapped by supermodels. I'm washing away my sins and they shove vodka down my throat to drug me up before they sell me off to the Russian mafia."
As if being kidnapped by supermodels before being sold off to the Russian mafia isn't bizarre enough, Gaga also decided to step up her fashion game in the clip and include some razor-blade sunglasses — yep, razor-blade sunglasses.
"I wanted to design a pair for some of the toughest chicks and some of my girlfriends — don't do this at home! — they used to keep razor blades in the side of their mouths," she explained. "That tough female sprit is something that I want to project. It's meant to be, 'This is my shield, this is my weapon, this is my inner sense of fame, this is my monster.' "
In addition to paying homage to those tough chicks, she also knew she wanted to work with Lawrence (Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, Gwen Stefani).
"It was collaborative. He's a really pop video director and a filmmaker. He did 'I Am Legend' and I'm a huge Will Smith fan, so I knew he could execute the video in a way that I could give him all my weirdest, most psychotic ideas," she said. "But it would come across to and be relevant to the public."
It also doesn't hurt that it was one of the few times while making a video that she felt the director just got it. "I wanted somebody with a tremendous understanding of how to make a pop video, because my biggest challenge working with directors is that I am the director and I write the treatments and I get the fashion and I decide what it's about and it's very hard to find directors that will relinquish any sort of input from the artist," she said. "But Francis and I worked together."