You may have noticed that in the latest Mumford and Sons music video, "Hopeless Wanderer", the band didn't quite seem themselves. You also may be under the impression that lead singer Marcus Mumford is a recurring SNL cast member. Truth be told, the ravishing men featured in "Hopeless Wanderer" were not Mumford and Sons, but actors Jason Sudeikis, Will Forte, Jason Bateman, and Ed Helms doing their best English folk rocker impressions. While the video is hilarious and well done, it is by no means breakthrough. In fact, celebrities of all sorts have made cameo appearances in music videos throughout the years, whether it is for their satirical talents or for their serious acting abilities. In addition to the Mumford video, here's a few other celebrity cameos you may not be aware exist.
Mumford and Sons - "Hopeless Wanderer"
At the start of "Hopeless Wanderer", something is very fishy about the appearance of the folk superstars. Even more so when we see the foursome helplessly carry their extremely large and heavy instruments down a dirt road (fortunately the piano on the far left had some wheels). Sure enough, the camera zooms out to reveal the familiar actor's faces who playfully mock Mumford. If you've ever wanted to see Will Forte have sex with a double bass, you'll appreciate this piece of work.
Beastie Boys - "Make Some Noise"
The Beastie Boys video for "Make Some Noise" was perhaps an inspiration for "Hopeless Wanderer". Kicking off right where "You Gotta Fight For Your Right" left off, Beastie impersonators Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, and Elijah Wood stumble into the streets of New York drunk and looking for more beer. Staying true to their counterparts, they in turn begin to wreak havoc throughout the city. There are actually plenty of celebrities with cameos throughout the video, and at some point it will start to feel like every single person is a celebrity.
Fiona Apple - "Not About Love"
If you've seen The Hangover Part III, then you already know that Zach Galifianakis has "the voice of an angel." If not, Fiona Apple's video for "Not About Love" serves as more evidence. The video begins with Fiona lying quietly in her bed, and just when you think she's about to unleash the vocals, Galifiankis literally shuts her mouth and takes over singing duties.
The White Stripes - "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself"
Here's one for the guys. Directed by Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides, Lost In Translation, Somewhere), this video for The White Stripes "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself" consists of nothing but Kate Moss riding a stripper pole for about 3 minutes. We love watching Jack White shred on the guitar, but I guess this will have to suffice.
Weezer - "Perfect Situation"
Weezer's video for "Perfect Situation" tells the story of a band named Weeze. The band shares uncanny similarities to Weezer, except the frontman (or woman in this case) is not Rivers Cuomo, but the girl next door, otherwise known as Elisha Cuthbert. Eventually, Cuthbert's on-stage antics become too much for Weeze to tolerate, and Rivers (notice that his name begins with the missing "R") steps in and saves the day. And THAT is how Weezer was born, boys and girls.
Vampire Weekend - "Giving Up The Gun"
Vampire Weekend sponsors the strangest tennis tournament in sports history in their video for "Giving Up The Gun". One female competitor, whose coach just so happens to be Lil Jon, faces off against a series off worthy opponents. After defeating Joe Jonas, a samurai, and an Amazonian woman in the first several rounds, she faces Daft Punk for a Canadian doubles matchup. And just as she thinks she's earned a moment of rest, a drunkenly confident Jake Gyllenhaal whips out his racket. But in the end, the competition is just no match for Lil Jon's coaching advice.
Gorillaz - "Stylo"
This trippy and dark Gorillaz video, "Stylo", finds our monkey friends being incredibly assertive and badass as per usual. But what they didn't know is that Bruce Willis just so happened to be on desert duty. After the Gorillaz take out a clumsy donut-loving cop, Bruce needs nothing more than a brief car chase and a pistol to take out these trouble-makers. Clearly the Gorillaz had never seen Die Hard.
The New Pornographers - "Moves"
Presented as a movie trailer, The New Pornographers video for "Moves" features various celebrities playing themselves in the faux film biopic. The trailer is preceded by an ad for Paul Rudd and Bill Hader's newest fake movie, "Expectant Dads", and goes right into 1977 Canada where The New Pornographers' legend began. John Oliver, Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino), and Horatio Sanz, to name a few, all make appearances as either band members or supporting cast members. By the looks of it, The New Pornographers had a pretty epic rise to fame.
While actors have proven to be viable additions to music videos, this is not always a two-way street. Vanilla Ice's big screen debut in That's My Boy wasn't necessarily a triumphant one. With several exceptions, let's try to leave acting to the actors.