In addition to his duties as one-half of comedy duo Tim And Eric, Eric Wareheim has a long history of directing music videos for some pretty great artists, including Beach House, Flying Lotus, Depeche Mode, and MGMT. His next project is a video for French electronic musician Mr. Oizo, and it stars John C. Reilly in a grizzly fat suit as a man who wreaks havoc on a dollar store to try and get the last of a certain toy. Everything comes to a bloody end. Watch and read about Wareheim’s inspiration behind the video below.
Via The A.V. Club:
“Ham” was a concept that I came up with like a year ago. I was visiting my relatives in St. Louis and we were going to a Wal-Mart to stock up on ammunition because my uncle was going to take us shooting at the range. And at the Wal-Mart there were about six or seven enormously obese people on Rascal scooters all trying to get in the front door at the same time. It was like a logjam. Then I walked in and noticed more of these Rascal scooters were going up to McDonald’s, which was inside Wal-Mart, and they would get their Big Macs and sodas and they would shop with the food, so they would be taking clothes and putting them on their bodies for sizing and they’d be all stained with ketchup and meat grease. It was just unbelievable. And then we went to the ammunition section and it’s literally right next to the toy section, which I couldn’t believe. So this whole idea of how our society is going toward fast food, obesity, and all the gun violence that’s been going on for the past couple years—it hit me really hard and I wanted to make something kind of showing the future of America, or actually present day America. A lot of my work doesn’t really have a social statement but this one leans a little more toward that.