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Modest Mouse Debuts Heath Ledger Directed 'King Rat' Video

The music video Heath Ledger directed for band Modest Mouse has now been released.

According to the band, Ledger conceived the idea for the animated 'King Rat' video to "raise awareness on modern whaling practices through a potent visual piece without having to say a word."

The video creatively flips the script, with whales steering a boat and spearing humans. It was unfinished at the time of the actor's death in January 2008, however, the video company behind the project has completed it in his honour.

Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock spoke about how the collaboration with Ledger came about a couple of years ago: "Heath and I have a mutual friend and when we were in Australia, some of us in the band went out on a boat with him and his family and friends and talked about the idea. The idea sort of dropped, but then he just sent me an email saying that he wanted to do it."

The video concludes with a message in white letters on a black screen: "This began with our friend, a great defender of life, and was completed in his spirit."

Proceeds from downloads of the video during its first month on iTunes will go to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization.

August 5, 2009 |

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