Mumford & Sons is known for generally serious musical content. However, for the group’s new single, Mumford & Sons wanted to go a little more comedic, and so they enlisted Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, Will Forte, and Ed Helms to come to the set of the “Hopeless Wanderer” shoot and pretend to be the band for a day. The guys recently spoke with Rolling Stone to talk about a few of the best moments from the video, and why the band enlisted celebrities in the first place.
It’s amazing how our minds can trick us. At the start of the video, we hear Marcus Mumford sing as the band gears up. It’s early daytime, and between the sunspots it’s very easy to just assume we are seeing the band. Eventually, director Sam Jones lets us in on the joke, which was apparently conceived thanks to the guys in the band not really enjoying appearing in music videos.
The music video features a boat scene, and silly instrument chases, as well as an epic makeout moment, topped off with a ridiculous banjo dance at the end. It’s all very un-Mumford & Sons-ey, but somehow it works. The band says they just wanted people to know that while music comes from a serious place, the guys have fun with it, too.
If you haven’t yet caught the new video, you should give it a shot below.
Amazing Race & Top Chef superfan with a pinch of Disney fairy dust thrown in. If you’ve created a rom-com I’ve probably watched it.
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