Sun-dappled natural setting, rootsy jams in a barn, beard-y makeout session, bass-humping: it’s a Mumford & Sons video all right, but those aren’t Mumford & Sons. The English folk-rockers instead turn to seasoned pros to poke fun at themselves up in the new clip for “Hopeless Wanderer,” which stars Jason Bateman, Will Forte, Ed Helms and Jason Sudeikis as members of the band. It takes a minute at the outset to realize they’re not actually the musicians, thanks to long shots and strategically placed sun halos, but by the time Sudeikis is chewing sensuously on Forte’s fake beard, or all four launch into a vaudevillean banjo throwdown, the cat has long since fled the bag.
It’s been an eventful year for Mumford & Sons. Bassist Ted Dwane had brain surgery in June to remove a blood clot, and recovered in time for the group to close out Glastonbury just a few weeks after. The group also performed this past weekend at Lollapalooza in Chicago.
“Hopeless Wanderer” is from Mumford & Sons’ 2012 album Babel.