Mumford & Sons bring in comedic star power for new video

Mumford & Sons, a folk rock band, had comedians such as Jason Sudeikis and Jason Bateman pick up their instruments for the video for the group's new song 'Hopeless Wanderer.' Mumford & Sons also recently performed at the music festival Lollapalooza.

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Mumford & Sons bassist Ted Dwane (l.) and banjo player Winston Marshall (r.) perform at the Lollapalooza Festival.

Fans may have gotten a surprise when they clicked on the new video for band Mumford & Sons’ song “Hopeless Wanderer.”

“Here’s the new video for ‘Hopeless Wanderer,’ featuring Mumf… oh wait,” the video on the band’s site read.

The video for “Wanderer” has actors Jason Bateman, Will Forte, Jason Sudeikis, and Ed Helms instead of the usual quartet of members that makes up the folk band. The comedians engage in goofy antics such as playing their instruments in a boat, getting very close to the camera, and Sudeikis kissing Forte. They also break many of their instruments near the end of the video.

The video only shows the actors’ hands on instruments or hides their faces until about a minute into the song, when it’s revealed that the actors are taking on the band’s parts. 

Bateman tweeted out the video, writing “Rock and roll history...,” while Helms also tweeted a link to the video and wrote, “Proud to be a fake member of @MumfordAndSons I think we showed a lot of fake artistic integrity in new video.”

Mumford & Sons formed in 2007 and won Album of the Year for their CD “Babel” at the Grammy Awards in 2013. They recently performed at the Lollapalooza Music Festival in Chicago.

Sudeikis stars in the comedy “We Are the Millers,” which is hitting theaters Aug. 7, while Bateman’s Fox series “Arrested Development,” which originally ran from 2003 to 2006, recently aired a new season on Netflix. Helms’ NBC sitcom “The Office” wrapped its final season this past spring and he’s also appearing in “Millers” with Sudeikis and appeared in the new episodes of “Development.” Forte, who starred on “Saturday Night Live” with Sudeikis, recently appeared in "Grown Ups 2" and is voicing a character in the upcoming animated film “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.”

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