Excerpted from BuzzFeed:
Monday 30, September 2013
By BuzzFeed staff Lauren Yapalater
BuzzFeed: The Mumford & Sons music video was a huge sensation and pretty brilliant. How did it come about for you?
Ed Helms: Well, the director, Sam Jones, he’s one of the great photographers of our day — he has worked with everybody. He shot all The Hangover movie posters and photos. He’s shot stuff for Bateman and Sudeikis and Forte, so he knew all of us really well, I’ve known him for years. He’s also a music video director and has won MTV Video [Music] Awards for various videos — he’s just a great artist, photographer, filmmaker. So he was doing a photo shoot with Mumford & Sons and asked them if he could do their next video. They said, “Sure, but we’re on the road all the time, so there’s no way to really do it,” and he said, “That’s OK, my idea didn’t even include any of you.” And I guess he pitched it to them and they liked it. And then he called all of us personally and said, “You guys wanna do this thing?!” And it was a no-brainer because Sam’s awesome, Mumford & Sons is awesome, and these were some of my favorite comedians that I’ve known for years and that I like to work with. So we all showed up…and we spent a day shooting and goofing around.
BuzzFeed: Was it just nonstop laughter the whole day?
EH: Totally, it was just nonstop joy. And paddling out in the little rowboat and into a pond and pantomiming really melodramatic music is just fun.
BuzzFeed: Did anyone fall in?
EH: Nope, nope. Perfectly safe! And you know what, here’s something: We actually filmed the video on the same farm where we shot all of the Schrute Farms episode of The Office. And there’s a close-up shot of a banjo, where you only see a hand playing the banjo, and that’s a close-up shot of Winston’s hand from Mumford & Sons. He was in town for some reason and came by the set.
BuzzFeed: So did you hear from them after? And what did they say?
EH: Yeah, they were so thrilled with it, and I think it’s credit to them because they get so much flack for being intense and melodramatic, but they have such a great sense of humor about themselves and about the genre they are a part of — which is awesome, and I love them. I think they are an amazing band.
Read the interview in its entirety on BuzzFeed.