Kris Allen recounts the torrential downpour to Jim Cantiello of MTV that shut down the initial video shoot for the Idol winner’s single “The Truth” 12 days ago. Cast and crew had to flee the scene and salvage what expensive equipment they could from the torrents.
“Apparently, in the desert, when it starts raining the ground just turns into mush, ” Allen told MTV News on Monday night from the set, where production had resumed. That desert “mush” led to quicksand-like conditions that forced the crew to cut their losses and flee for safety.
“It started to monsoon, man! It was crazy. It was one of the biggest storms I’ve ever been in but it was almost kind of fun in a way. We were just standing outside, [but] I felt like we had just jumped in the pool, ” Allen said.
A few trailers, and a piano got stuck in the quicksand-like conditions.
“Some of [the film trailers] got stuck. We had to leave a piano out here because they couldn’t get it in time, ” Allen explained. “I’m sure it’s ruined. … We’ll probably still use it though. Maybe it’ll look cooler.”
On that first day, the crew managed to film Pat Monahan’s (from Train and co-writer of “The Truth”) part in 110 degree heat, and finish a few setups with Kris.
The shoot went ahead yesterday and today without incident (but lots of cool stunts. Check out the photos HERE.)
The video, shot by cinematographer Aaron Platt will feature “‘ random imagery mixed in with performance footage, including a scene that finds the singer using a “magical orb” to get all aggro on a mirror.”
Sounds intriguing! After the jump, an audio excerpt from the interview.
Audio after the jump…