The video was directed, edited, and co-produced by Las Vegas native Matthew Gray Gubler, who is best known for playing Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds
. The role of Santa was performed Ryan Pardey. The Halloween Town frontman has been a road fixture with The Killers since 2004 and is known to die-hard fans of the band as The Captain. The Sawdust
hidden track "Questions With the Captain" was written by the band about Purdey. In 2012, Pardey appeared as Santa again for The Killers on their Christmas single "I Feel It in My Bones
Killers frontman Brandon Flowers recalled to NME
: "Our buddy who's an actor on a show called Criminal Minds
, which is pretty successful, he went to school with our buddy who played Santa. His parents own a strange-desert ranch and so we were able to shoot it out there."