"Johnny said that 'Hurt' was the best anti-drug song he'd ever heard," vdeo director Mark Romanek recalled. "The rage you see [in the video] when he pours the wine on the table or starts to weep is a direct result of having lost people to addictions -- and almost having lost himself. But he was playing a role. On set, when we yelled, 'Cut,' a very different, very funny, much more energetic Johnny Cash emerged. When we were shooting the piano scene, he said, 'Maybe you want June
[Carter, his wife] to dance naked on the piano there.' June said, 'Oh, John!' and the crew broke up."