According to Pete Wentz, Fall Out Boy’s new video for “I Don’t Care” draws heavily from two rather, uh, unique sources: the works of Vincent K. McMahon and Mao Zedong.
“It’s a series of vignettes, and in the end, the joke is: Everyone in the world who is famous is just a WWF character. And some of you are Hulk Hogan, and some of you are the Undertaker, and it’s awesome. It’s just as great to come out to the boos,” Wentz told MTV News on the Los Angeles video set. “This one is about portraying the band, too, because there’s been videos where it’s been about individual characters, and this one is really a band-based video. Everyone has really equal face time, and there’s a communist aspect to the video in the imagery, but we’re also trying to [make] something that’s equal.”
We’re bummed he didn’t drop a Nikolai Volkoff reference in there, ’cause, you know, he was a communist wrestler and all. Regardless, the video — the first from their upcoming Folie à Deux album — sounds (and looks) like it’s going to be an interesting one, especially since when we were on set this past weekend, we didn’t see a single grappler or a copy of Mao’s “Little Red Book.”
Rather, we caught a glimpse of FOB frontman Patrick Stump and guitarist Joe Trohman (in a trench coat, tighty-whities and black socks, FYI) chucking water balloons off a rooftop onto unsuspecting fans while Wentz and director Alan Ferguson watched on a nearby monitor, giggling. A decidedly huge list of celebrity guest stars was milling about, including Pharrell Williams, Spencer Pratt from “The Hills,” Cobra Starship’s Gabe Saporta and Ryland Blackington, and former Blink-182 singer Mark Hoppus. So, really, what is going on here?
“It’s a little bit of a satire on the rock-and-roll archetypes of being a jerk — like trashing dressing rooms and being a general big, big jerk,” Stump laughed. “Because, if we’re well-known for anything, it’s that we’re not really like that. We’re not big jerks, we’re just playing on that. These are all things that we would never do.”
“Except for me. I’ve been Method acting for the past four years. I’ve gone deep for this one. I’ve been preparing for this video forever,” Wentz added. “No. … It’s [based on] the idea of the anti-hero. In some cases, it’s taking the world’s perception of each of us and turning that around and in some cases magnifying it and exaggerating it. … It’s a satire of that, but at the same time making fun of who the face of rock and roll is now: dudes wearing eyeliner and hawking energy drinks.”
Wentz then added that, yes, there’s going to be plenty of cameos in the video, only they’ll all be done with a decidedly “Tom Cruise-ian” twist. And that sort of explained another scene we witnessed, one that showed Pharrell ripping off what appeared to be a Stump mask and then singing along with the track.
“We’re all fans of ’Mission Impossible,’ and in part three, they really nailed it, where they had these great masks with these great reveals,” Wentz said. “So me and Pharrell and Spencer and Gabe and Mark Hoppus all went and got our faces cast, like plaster castings made, and we’re going to do actual reveals. So I hope they look good. … I hope I’m not putting my foot in my mouth or anything right now.”