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Exclusive: Learn The Safe Word In Clip From Sundance Comedy 'Frank' Starring Michael Fassbender

by Kevin Jagernauth
January 16, 2014 8:30 PM
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Frank, Sundance

It's been quite a day already for movie lovers. Not only were the Oscar nominations announced this morning, but the Sundance Film Festival officially kicked off today, where the journey will begin for many of next year's Oscar contenders. And among the plethora of our 30 Most Anticipated Films in Park City, the most intriguing might just be "Frank." Seemingly ticking all the boxes in our wheelhouse that includes music, original comedy and things starring Michael Fassbender, it's one we're eagerly looking forward to over the coming days.

This exclusive first clip from the film is only stoking that excitement further. Starring Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scoot McNairy (three more reasons this one is well on our radar), and directed by Lenny Abrahamson (the filmmaker behind the critically acclaimed "What Richard Did"), the film follows Jon who joins an eccentric pop band and heads with them to a cabin in the woods to record an album. Leading them all is the mysterious and talented Frank (who just happens to wear a giant fake head) and his sidekick, Clara. Needless to say, it's the recipe for creative tensions and more. In this scene, Jon explains how Frank's methods could lead the group to greatness.

"Frank" will have its first screening tomorrow at Sundance. Watch below.

Frank, Sundance

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  • Fos | January 22, 2014 1:28 PMReply

    Does anyone know the U.S. release date for this?

  • RP | January 22, 2014 1:41 PM

    There isn't one yet. It doesn't have distribution yet. That'll soon change I'm sure.

  • benzjiih | January 17, 2014 10:13 PMReply

    show more images

  • buddy | January 17, 2014 5:17 PMReply

    According to the grammar of the article, it's Frank's sidekick Clara who wears the plastic head.

  • Marko | January 17, 2014 12:20 PMReply

    Looks like it could either be quite good or overwhelmingly cutesy

  • NatalieWashington | January 17, 2014 1:04 AMReply

    I am really like it comedy scene .

  • jingmei | January 16, 2014 9:49 PMReply

    Glad to see it's a whole cool ensemble cast, especially Domhnall Gleeson and Scoot McNairy.

  • Joe | January 16, 2014 6:46 PMReply

    Looks cool, but I'm trying to figure out how Fassbender is necessary for that role.

  • Margot | January 17, 2014 9:48 AM

    I also thought that at first, but watching that clip, I still find him attractive even with the plastic head (and that worries me a little); you have to have an actor with a strong presence.

  • Dale | January 17, 2014 8:31 AM

    I thought that at first, but then good timing and the ability to be a good comedy actor aren't skills every person can claim to have. Michael seems to have a sense of humour that will translate onto screen, regardless of whether you can see his face.

  • Nigel | January 16, 2014 6:30 PMReply

    This is very weird and as far as I know Chris Sievey's family was not involved or will benefit - so it'd odd - and if it is meant to be Frank Sidebottom then the head is clearly wrong! :O/

  • Mike | January 17, 2014 12:35 PM

    No, you don't know. However, I do. Chris was fully supportive of this film, and the filmmakers supported Chris. As for the head, this is not Frank Sidebottom, but there's another excellent film coming out about him ( that you should look out for.

  • Ned Ludd | January 16, 2014 3:39 PMReply

    Frank Sidebottom -- legend!

  • Dede | January 16, 2014 3:22 PMReply

    Finally!! I've been waiting for this movie. It looks good. Theremin love here :)

  • dan | January 16, 2014 3:01 PMReply

    Wow Scoot McNairy is in everything! Which is okay cos I like him, despite the fact his name boggles my mind. Fassbender with a fake head for an entire film? Oh my goddddd.

  • Gerardddddddddd kennellyyyyyyyyyyyy | January 16, 2014 7:38 PM

    in search of a midnight kiss
    killing them softly

  • denis eire | January 16, 2014 2:32 PMReply

    cool trailer, il still see it even if fassys head is covered, and id like to see Gleeson do well.

  • jingmei | January 16, 2014 9:48 PM

    Sensation is awesome indeed.

  • ann ban lara coft | January 16, 2014 7:40 PM

    you probably saw gleeson in,,
    true grit never let me go
    and anna karenina
    but his best work to date is the irish black comedy SENSATION

  • Dale | January 16, 2014 2:26 PMReply

    I was reserving judgement on this, it seemed peculiar but as a fan of Fassbender, I thought it deserved a shot.

    I think it looks brilliant, really funny and interesting. Cant wait to see it now!

  • Margot | January 16, 2014 2:16 PMReply

    This looks great!

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