The video's director, Brett Ratner, who has worked with Carey on many of her promos including "Touch My Body
,"originally wanted the stalker character to be played by Ellen DeGeneres. However, he denied that the clip is a poke at Eminem. He told MTV News: "It's not about Eminem - we weren't like, 'Let's find an Eminem look-alike.' We weren't talking to any Eminem [look-alikes]. I guess it's a good rumor, but I don't think it's true. I don't really know. I never asked her, but then when I recommended Ellen, that's where she got the idea."
Ratner added that the look Carey's stalker character sports in the video was devised simply as a way to hide Mariah's lady assets. He explained: "Mariah never talked to me about that. You know, Mariah... she's like the most feminine girl you can imagine, so the more I covered up the less work I had to do on the transitions of changing back and forth. I kind of told the wardrobe guy, 'Let's bulk her up with layers and stuff' - first of all, to hide her breasts, because they're prominent, and to kind of make her more boyish. A b-boy made sense."