Watch Michael Fassbender And His Papier-Mâché Head In The ‘Frank’ Trailer

After making a name for himself with roles as a violent, unhinged slaveholder, a villainous, metal-manipulating mutant, an android, and a sex addict, Michael Fassbender is now an art rocker in a papier-mâché head.

Understand, if you haven’t heard already, that he wears that thing throughout the whole movie. It’s disconcerting. Hiding Fassbender’s good looks and glorious ginger beard is an… interesting choice. It’s one that’s been buzzed about quite a bit already, but it’s still difficult to believe it’s him under that face – and why it’s him under it. The only moment when the presence of Fassbender is felt in this trailer (disclaimer: I haven’t seen the movie)  is when he’s in a deeply cut tank top. Seeing that muscly, manly body topped by that cartoonish head is an impossible sight to acclimate to.

Everything is about Frank in this trailer – Frank, Frank’s eccentricities, and Frank’s damned head. It’s a quirky idea for “a fantastical black comedy,” and this trailer spends two minutes not letting you forget that.

The word out of Sundance for this film has been great, especially regarding Fassbender’s faceless performance. The cast includes Domhnall Gleeson – the redhead seen throughout the trailer – Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Scoot McNairy. Frank was directed by Leonard Abrahamson. The film will be released May 9 in the UK, with a US release planned for later in the year.

Via The Film Stage:

 Acclaimed Irish director Lenny Abrahamson follows up his award-winning films Adam & Paul, Garage and What Richard Did with an offbeat comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and his terrifying bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal).

Written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Men Who Stare At Goats), FRANK is based on the memoir by Jon Ronson. It is a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as other outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart.

Tyler Hanan
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