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Swedish heavy metal tune gets stunning sign language makeover

Swedish heavy metal tune gets stunning sign language makeover

Published: 16 Mar 2012 23:02 GMT+01:00
Updated: 16 Mar 2012 23:02 GMT+01:00

Tommy Fransson, 46, was hired by state broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT) to provide sign language interpretation for deaf viewers of last weekend's Melodifestivalen music contest finals.

The challenging gig ended up paying big dividends for Fransson, however, with the unknown actor's unexpectedly passionate rendition of the song "Mystery" by Swedish metal band Dead By April catapulting him from relative obscurity to near instant celebrity.

Following last Saturday's broadcast, a YouTube clip of Fransson's rendition of "Mystery" found its way on to YouTube, resulting in interviews with several newspapers and television stations.

Dead By April was so impressed with Fransson's performance the band linked to the clip from its official Facebook page, calling his act "absolutely fantastic".

With his wild gesticulations, head banging, and uncanny facial contortions, Fransson "tried to find the two characters in the song" he told the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

"We try to convey both the music and the characters. To be honest, I think the deaf heard what the guy in Dead By April was growling better than those who can hear," he joked.

Check out the video below and judge for yourself.

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Your comments about this article

13:17 March 17, 2012 by Svensksmith
But does he have hairy armpits?
16:05 March 17, 2012 by ?????
Hahaha, the guy is excellent! It's a pity that the song sucks...
22:00 March 19, 2012 by Vill
I imagine the demand for this man in the future will be strong judging by the amount of people I see at concerts who don't wear hearing protection. :D
22:22 March 19, 2012 by J Jack
That is not Heavy Metal. It's Euro-Trash... And the band has a very suitable name because they will be 'Dead By April' when they have no more songs. I really think It was great to get in the signer though. We should have him do 'Queens of the Stone Age', 'Songs for the Deaf' .. you can't even hear it. I would love to see 'Beavis and Butthead' do a sign show for the deaf too.
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