I think that as time moves on after Heath Ledger’s death, slowly but surely details of his unfinished projects are starting to unveil before the public. I guess in the last bit of time prior to Ledger’s death he was starting to focus more on directing rather than acting. In fact, Ledger directed clips for N’fa, Ben Harper, and Nick Drake. So I guess it shouldn’t be entirely surprising that Heath Ledger wanted (and maybe possibly did do) a music video for Modest Mouse.
On VH1 in April of 2007 (prior to the video actually starting) Brock talked about the music video and why the video has never been seen. Apparently, it was for a song called “King Rat” which was never released.
“We started working on some lower budget videos for seven or eight other songs. Heath Ledger’s been wanting to do a video for one of the songs that didn’t make it on the record, “King Rat.” Terry Gilliam is going to help animate it. Heath and I have a mutual friend and when we were in Australia, my fiancé and some of us in the band went out on a boat with him and his family and friends and talked about the idea. He’s got a video production company and was interested in working on something. We were talking back and forth for a while. The idea seemed sort of dropped, but then he just sent me an email saying that he wanted to do it. And I love me some Terry Gilliam. I hope it works out and I don’t sound like a fucking liar at the end of this.” (This was taken from The Playlist.)
So now to the unanswered questions… Did the video ever finish? Did Terry Gilliam actually animate it? Some think that the reason why Modest Mouse chose to not release it (if it truly was made) was because of the possibility of exploiting Heath Ledger and his death. But who truly know?? According to Pitchfork the current status is unknown! Bah humbug.
Ps.. I decided to bold the bands, people, and sources I use. Good idea, eh?