Mumford & Sons wanted US comedy stars to appear in video for different song

'Hopeless Wanderer' parody has racked up three million YouTube views

Mumford and Sons didn’t want Jason Bateman, Ed Helms, Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis to appear in a video for their track ‘Hopeless Wanderer’, the clip’s director Sam Jones has revealed.

According to Jones, the band would have preferred the US comedy stars to parody them in a video for ‘Babel’, the title track from their current album, which came out last September (2012). However, the director refused to budge.

“I said it just wouldn’t work,” Jones explained, telling the LA Times that the band asked him to make a last-minute switch from ‘Hopeless Wanderer’ to ‘Babel’.

However, despite this initial difference of opinion, Jones revealed that Mumford & Sons were totally happy with the end result. “The band loved it – they didn’t want to change a thing,” he said. “I’m obviously so excited that everybody is watching it. It was one of those rare experiences where the record company and the band really let me do what I wanted to do.”

Since it appeared on YouTube this Sunday (August 4), the ‘Hopeless Wanderer’ video – which you can watch at the top of this article – has racked up over three million views.

Jones also revealed that when it came to shooting the scene where the “band” destroy their instruments, Will Forte swung his bass so hard that he managed to destroy several banjos in the vicinity. To make sure the ‘Hopeless Wanderer’ video could be completed, a prop person was sent off to find a replacement banjo for the rest of the shoot.