When it was first announced that everyone’s favorite actor, Michael Fassbender, would be appearing in an Irish indie film called Frank, it was said that he would be playing an “eccentric front man” who leads a band that gets joined by an aspiring musician played by Domhnall Gleeson.
While that sounded interesting enough on its own, it turns out that description undersold the film a bit as far as its weirdness factor goes. You see, when the title character that Fassbender is playing here was initially described as being “eccentric,” what they really meant is that he’s a complete lunatic who wears an absolutely bonkers mascot head everywhere he goes while waxing on philosophically about music and the universe and whatnot.
Fassbender is basically the most charismatic man ever, but can even he give an engaging performance while having his head completely covered by such an outlandish distraction? Of course he can. Duh. Click through to watch a clip from the film [via The Playlist] which proves just that.
Frank, which was directed by Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did) and also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scoot McNairy, is getting ready to play Sundance, so given its attention-grabbing concept and given Fassbender’s involvement, one would imagine that also means it’s about to receive some sort of North American distribution plan.
From what we can see from this clip, it seems as if the film flirts dangerously with being a bit too quirky. Put a dash of dry absurdity in your movie and you can come up with something charming, mainline a stream of dry absurdity into your movie and you can come up with something alienating. We’ll have to wait until it screens at Sundance tomorrow and responses start rolling in to see what the verdict is. Either way though, this thing is definitely going to be worth a watch just for the pure novelty factor of Fassbender wearing that giant head, so somebody is going to put it out. After all, this is probably the most exciting Fassbender-related thing that’s happened since we first heard he was going to hang dong in Shame.