So let’s talk about the video for the album’s first single, also titled “Free Your Mind.” How’d you manage to bag Alexander Skarsgard for it?
We were really lucky. We met him in Brazil three years ago. We were playing there, and he’s a fan. We didn’t know that. We were playing and just saw this dude right upfront going crazy over our songs, and afterwards we wanted to meet him. He came backstage, and we ended up hanging out. We went to some house party in Rio and ended up talking about music and film all night. Then fast-forward two years later, and we’re making the first video for this album and the director said, “Oh, you know, you guys are friends with Skarsgard, so why don’t you ask him if he will be in the video?” And we thought there was no way he’d be able to do it. But we asked him and he was really up for it. We went to L.A. to shoot it, and he had a day off to do it. We did it in one day.
And, of course, because he’s Alexander Skarsgard, he had to get naked for it. Was that his idea or the director’s?
I think he was happy to do whatever was needed, and I think he and the director sort of collaborated on what would go where and how he would dress. He’s got that six pack and everything. He’s got to put it to use.
- Ben Browning from Cut Copy talks to OUT [X]