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And, as you can probably guess, the phoenix also serves as a rather apt metaphor for West's return to the spotlight ... something he explained when MTV News caught up with him at the Los Angeles premiere of "Runaway" on Monday. But — in much the same way he chose the artwork for his upcoming My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album — his decision to incorporate Ebanks' character into the film wasn't purely based on the metaphorical.
"I love characters in general, but [I loved] how colorful the bird is and just the design, it's just something I would've picked or drawn as a 5-year-old," West said. "It definitely relates to everything that I've been through, like, burning to the ashes and rebuilding and becoming a better person and delivering better product."
Regarding that last point, West hinted that "Runaway" might not be his only foray into the world of film (or dance, or theater). With Fantasy just around the corner, he's looking to push the artistic envelope even further.
"I was just moved by the classic dance, and I just wanted to crash it against the pop music," he said. "[I love] film and actual theater, and just mixing those things together, and getting as many people that are experts in their field to help me bring this vision together. That's what I'm looking for right now."
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Kanye West's "Runaway" will premiere on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on MTV, MTV2 and BET, and will also stream live on MTV.com, BET.com and VH1.com, followed by a live Q&A session on MTV and MTV.com.