Jason Trawick, Britney Spears' boyfriend, not the first choice for 'Criminal' director
Britney Spears has released her latest video: "Criminal," the fourth single from Spears' seventh studio album, "Femme Fatale." And it stars a familiar face for Spears as her on-screen love interest - her boyfriend Jason Trawick. Warning: sexually explicit scenes.
Trawick plays Spears' bad boy boyfriend, who saves her from an abusive relationship and they take off on a "Bonnie and Clyde"-like adventure. It features two rather steamy love scenes between the two.
Chris Marrs Piliero, the video's director, tells MTV News, "When she first hit me up, she had a basic story in mind, and she actually always originally planned to have Jason, her boyfriend, play the role, and I wasn't super stoked on that idea at first, actually."
"In my mind, I was just thinking then, 'We really should not be using your boyfriend; we should get an actor,'" Piliero continues. "So, I mean, I didn't say that, but in the back of my mind, I'm like, 'I don't like this idea at all.' At the end of the day, Jason killed it."
Trawick and Spears have been dating since 2009. He was previously her manager, but they ended their professional relationship so they could pursue a personal one.