A few stars of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" video haven't received their fair share of the limelight.
The lambs may not have any speaking parts, dance or lip-sync, but they fulfill a very important role in the clip for the hottest song of the summer.
According to Thicke, video director Diane Martel, deserves the casting credit.
"She had it all planned out," Thicke said about Martel during a telephone interview with Yahoo! Music. "She had pictures. She had a mood board of all these types of images she wanted to try that day."
Thicke believes Martel, who has directed more than 100 music videos including Miley Cyrus's "We Can't Stop," Justin Timberlake's "Like I Love You" and Mariah Carey's "Dreamlover," used the lambs to add barnyard pizazz to the video.
"I actually don't know where Diane got that idea from," Thicke said. "It maybe had something to do with the song having a little bit of a country vibe."
Country? Feels more like a hokey, organ interpretation of Marin Gaye's 1977 No. 1 party anthem "Got To Give It Up," but maybe Thicke has a point.
"It's got a little bit of a two-step line dance vibe," he added. "So [Diane] just got a banjo and a bale of hay and told the girl to take her clothes off, and it was really strange but it worked out in the end."
Though farm animals typically are not hired as extras for pop music videos, Thicke said he didn't freak out when they arrived on set. It actually made perfect sense to him.
"I have a very similar sense of humor," he said. "Immediately, I thought it was hilarious and loved it and thought it looked great."
Thicke was amused by the concept of hipsters and semi-nude models dancing and singing with lambs. "Pharrell even says 'I know you want it' to the lamb," he said, quoting one of the song's lyrics. "He says, 'I know you're a good girl' to the lamb's face. There's so many little things in that video that some people don't pick up on. It's hilarious. It's wonderful."
This is especially the case for the unrated version of the video in which the models appear topless. Thicke said his father, Alan Thicke – who played the father on 1980s sitcom Growing Pains – nearly missed one of the video's main focal points – his son.
"I think my dad's reaction to the video the first time he saw it was, Were you even in that? Didn’t even see you in that?" Thicke jokes, noting that his father was clearly distracted by short's beautiful women.
His mother, Gloria Loring, a singer and former Days Of Our Lives actress, wasn't fazed by the nudity in the unrated version. "When I showed my mom she very politely said, 'That's very nice,'" he said. "'That's very fun.'"
There's just one awkward moment in the video. During a scene, a model uses an oversized lighter to lights a cigarette for Thicke. He takes a puff and blows the smoke directly in her face. She appears annoyed.
Thicke said it wasn't an impromptu moment. "I believe Diane staged that," he said. "We had something where I was just going to be smoking next to hear. Then Diane did – like she did all day – said 'Blow some smoke in her face. Then, you cough.' It was all her mad genius."
The subtle, yet brilliant video is up for three MTV Video Music Awards, video of year, best male video and best collaboration. There's no way Thicke going home without at least one Moonman statue.
The MTV VMAs air on August 25 at 9 p.m. "Blurred Lines" is the lead and title track from Thicke's sixth album due out on July 30.
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