Over the years, we’ve come to associate Madonna with a variety of characters: control freak, yoga master, sex goddess, ageless re-inventor, granny leotard enthusiast. But there’s one thing no one’s ever dared label her: silly. Yet a behind-the-scenes peek at the making of her latest video, “4 Minutes,” proves the Material Girl can get downright giddy.
The video, which also features Justin Timberlake and Timbaland, was shot during two, 20-hour days, and the long hours clearly began to take their toll on Madonna. “I just want to be a broom!” she trilled as Timberlake dragged her along the dance floor by her feet between takes.
“This is the 19th hour of my shoot,” she whined to a crew member at another point. “We couldn’t turn this into a thee-day shoot instead of two, 20-hour days? This is some Colonel Sanders shit, OK? Elvis Presley’s manager?”
“I think that was The Colonel,” responded the crew member with a smile. “I don’t know about Sanders. I think that’s Kentucky Fried Chicken.”
“Oh no!” Madonna yelped at her mistake before dissolving into a fit of giggles. “Well, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Elvis Presley, what’s the difference?”
Giggle fits weren’t the only thing Madonna had to suffer through for the video, which features the singer and Timberlake walking through scenes of everyday life as the set begins to crumble around them. The choreography, which includes dancing on treadmills and climbing on top of vehicles in a used car lot, led to lots of scrapes and bruises.
“See what I do for my art? Wait ’till you see the rash behind my leg,” she exclaimed while pulling off her boot to show the camera. “Do you see that? Do you think that looks like fun?”
Madonna wasn’t the only one feeling the burn.
“My left ass cheek (hurts),” admitted Timberlake at one point.
“You see now, that’s funny because my right ass cheek is killing me!” said Madonna. “Is anybody here massaging our ass cheeks?”
“If we put both of our asses together, we would have one decent ass,” added Timberlake.
Ever the perfectionist, Madonna paused, then added with mock indignation: “Wait a minute, I think I have a decent ass on my own!”
Canadian Exclusive: Watch this behind-the-scenes video to learn more backstage secrets from the set of “4 Minutes” by clicking HERE