Michael Fassbender Has a Giant Head in New Trailer for ‘Frank’

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 7th, 2014 at 2:10 pm,

Michael Fassbender isn’t a name that many would associate with the comedy genre. The actor is best known for period dramas like 12 Years a Slave, A Dangerous Method and Jane Eyre, and even in more outlandish films (like X-Men: First Class) he tends to play fairly serious and straight-faced characters.

As the lead in Lenny Abrahamson’s offbeat indie comedy Frank, however, Fassbender’s face isn’t his face at all. The titular character is a strange but visionary musician called Frank, who wears a large papier-mâché head that he never takes off. Domhnall Gleeson (About Time) plays a young wannabe musician who joins Frank’s pop group and is taken under his wing in a very unconventional program of rehearsals and training.

The new trailer for Frank is pretty much the entire genre of indie movies crystallized into two minutes: the odd big-name actor (Maggie Gyllenhaal also co-stars) coupled with very odd humor and almost more quirkiness than one movie can feasibly handle. It certainly won the critics over at Sundance, however, described as “mandatory watching for the adventurous viewer,” by The Playlist and praised for being “off-beat and punk-spirited” by The Telegraph.

Michael Fassbender in Frank Michael Fassbender Has a Giant Head in New Trailer for Frank

Frank is based on the character Frank Sidebottom, created by musician and comedian Chris Sievey, who was very popular in Britain during the 1980s. The same period was also responsible for the terrifying masked children’s TV show character Mr Noseybonk, who really should get his own horror movie at some point.

It’s an obscure and unusual inspiration for a movie, but the script was penned by Peter Straughan (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) and Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare at Goats), and Abrahamson’s last film was the critically-acclaimed Irish drama What Richard Did. Between the stellar cast and the strong creative team, Frank is definitely worth a look – even if you can’t look him in the eye.


Frank is out in theaters on May 9, 2014.

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  1. I wasn’t looking forward to this movie until I saw the initial trailer (or clip) and read the Sundance reviews. This new trailer is most welcome. Looks great! Can’t wait to see it.

  2. Fassbender played Magneto, an evil slave owner, a guy with sex addictions, is set up to star in video game adaptation and now he is playing a dude who runs around with a giant head/mask. Awesome.

  3. This looks brilliant.

  4. Michael never disappoints

  5. Love Jon Ronson’s writing. He was a keyboard player for the original Frank Sidebottom for awhile before turning to writing in the 80s. Parts of this story are heavily based on that time period in his life. Excited to see this one. Ronson himself is a fascinating man.

  6. Looking forward to seeing this one.

  7. Some needs to do photoshop a pic of Maganeto in Days of future Past wearing a Frank Sidebottom mask. lol that would be gold.

  8. It would’ve been much more interesting if they never revealed who frank was played by till after the fact

    • Why? Not sure I understand your logic here. They revealed it mainly because outside of those of us who saw TV in the 80s in Britain, Frank Sidebottom is pretty unknown.

      As someone who made references to Frank in my own work over the years, tried to emulate him in a radio show I had with a friend during high school (it was a surreal show with influences of Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer, Harry Hill and Eddie Izzard) and who helped pay for a memorial for Sievey when he died penniless, I know that I will definitely go see this when it releases.

  9. Looks great – little disappointed Frank doesn’t have a Mancunian accent, but I’ll probably get over it if the film’s as good as it looks.