The epic eight-minute video for this song was helmed by Swedish director Jonas Akerlund, the man behind The Prodigy's controversial "Smack My Bitch Up
" clip. It stars Lady Gaga and Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgård, who played Meekus in the 2001 Ben Stiller movie Zoolander
and the vampire Eric Northman on HBO's True Blood
. Lady Gaga explained to The Canadian Press: "It has a real, genuine, powerful message about fame-whoring and death and the demise of the celebrity, and what that does to young people. The video explores ideas about sort of hyperbolic situations that people will go to in order to be famous. Most specifically, pornography and murder. These are some of the major themes in the video."