Mumford and Sons Recruit Bateman, Helms, Sudeikis, and Forte to Yank Their Own Chain, and Yank It Hard
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Mumford and Sons Recruit Bateman, Helms, Sudeikis, and Forte to Yank Their Own Chain, and Yank It Hard

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | August 4, 2013 | Comments ()

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Well, if you’re going to self-parody yourself, you may as well get attractive comedic actors to do the heavy lifting, as Mumford and Sons do here in hiring Jason Bateman, Ed Helms, Jason Sudeikis, and Will Forte to basically parody every earnest Mumfordian music video trope in existence (and by “attractive comedic actors,” I mean, relative to Mumford & Sons). Nice job, guys. You have neutralized the mockery. We can continue loving you with the full knowledge that you are in on the joke.

This is sublime brilliance squared. It also looks like it was a goddamn blast to make.

(Hat Tip: Vulture)

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Tyler M.

    One of the few band who don't take themselves seriously. Gained a whole new respect for them.

  • Strand

    This is great but I really don't care for Will Forte.

  • This thoroughly tickled my ladyparts.

    That Sudekis/Forte kiss is going to fuel my inappropriate slash fantasies for nights to come.

  • oilybohunk7

    I'm seeing them in September, and I am STOKED about it. If loving them is wrong I don't want to be right.

  • Nicole Childress

    God. The look on Ed Helm's face when Bateman takes a banjo to his piano is priceless.

  • dmm

    I wonder if the tears tasted like happy or sad?

  • Bodhi

    Holy shit, that was funny. Makes me love Mumford even more. I'm a little surprised that Ed didn't play the banjo as he is actually REALLY good at it, but his smashing the accordion is hella funny

  • Jiffylush

    Up until 3:30 it didn't seem like a parody at all, more like a scene by scene remake/re-creation.

  • DataAngel

    I love it when a band is in on the joke.

  • I deem this successful as it made me:
    a) laugh out loud, and

    b) download the single.

    Haters to the left.

  • mairimba

    This Monday morning really needed this. But now all I can think of is all the nasty things I want to do to bearded Jason Bateman.

  • Melody

    LOVE IT.

  • Ami

    Jason Bateman with a beard has now made my list. I would like it very much if they would pull a Milli Vanilli, and allow this crew to lip synch their performances from now on.

  • InternetMagpie

    I agree. Bearded Bateman is delicious.

  • Anne At Large

    No kidding, I had no idea what all the fuss was about and now, whoah.

  • Al Link

    I just watched this 3 times in a row.

  • sourbob

    Mumford & Sons are the Pogues for people who like Dave Matthews and John Mayer.

  • $32857398

    Well, now I have to check out the Pogues, because I love Mumford but do not care for those other two.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    This is basically jumping the shark. Can Mumford and Sons even BE Mumford and Sons after this?

  • Giroux IA

    Since when is self deprecation and not taking yourself to seriously jumping the shark? If anything, it's more endearing.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Or it's so ridiculous that any video, or in fact, album of you being overly earnest you after laughing at yourself so thoroughly would not be taken seriously.

  • Giroux IA

    I think of it as taking your material seriously, but not taking yourself too seriously.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    More like not taken too seriously. Which I think might be the point they're trying to make. "Yeah, we sound like that, but also we just made our own SNL sketch."

  • emmalita

    I wanted to make out with Will Forte's beard too.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I've never seen nor heard Mumford et al perform but what I got from this is that the one guy likes to rub all over the other ones.

  • Lemon_Poundcake

    That's exactly right.

  • Sherry

    This is delightful. Just last weekend, I was talking to musician hubby about Mumford and Sons (he'd recorded a half-hour live special for me). Him (sounding slightly puzzled): "So every song starts slow and goes to a big build and he's doing the bass drum thing with his foot and they have the same expressions?" Me: "Yes, but I like them anyway."

  • TK the Other (de-lurking)

    Pretty much like Coldplay, only more "downtrodden." Not in a bad way. I know what I'm getting when I listen to Mumford, and sometimes, it's a great thing.

  • Jelinas

    I love Mumford & Sons. And Jasons Bateman and Sudeikis (in that order, this week, at least). And Ed Helms. And Will Forte. And that part where they're walking down the road with ten million instruments each. I love this.

  • Batesian

    Bateman/Helms/Sudeikis/Forte were righteous. Mumford and Sons music remains "meh."

  • zeke_the_pig

    I love everything about this except for the part where Mumford and Sons still exists

  • MichaelAndTheArgonauts

    If you saw them live you wouldn't think that. Very talented musicians and performers, but I respect your opinion.

  • KaGe

    Between this and coaching Tottenham Hotspur, Sudeikis kind of won this weekend.

  • annie

    Between those two and Hollywood Game Night, I'm finally officially on the JSuds train.

  • duckandcover

    The banjo part made me choke on my food.

  • Anne At Large

    My takeaway from this? It's damn hard to break a banjo.

  • Allie

    I love everything about this.

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