Check out the powerful new video Grammy-winning rockers Kings of Leon released today for their evocative song “Beautiful War.”
Directed by Casey McGrath (who also helmed KOL’s “Pyro” and “Back Down South” videos), the mini-movie stars Garrett Hedlund (“Country Strong,” “Tron: Legacy,” the upcoming Coen Brothers film “Inside Llewyn Davis”) and was filmed at the venerable Tumbleweed Dancehall in Stillwater, with Oklahomans serving as extras.
The video’s look and feel was inspired by the film “Urban Cowboy” and uses classic filmmaking styles reminiscent of Western movies shot in the ’70s. Hedlund plays a prisoner involved in a dangerous prison-yard rodeo – the bull rider is participating in the Lane County Prison Rodeo, presumably a tip of the hat to tragic bullriding legend Lane Frost – and the video flashes back to the scene that put his character behind bars several years earlier. What starts as a fun evening out, ends up as a tragic night that leads to his undoing.
“Beautiful War” comes from Kings of Leon’s latest album, “Mechanical Bull.”
Kings of Leon, who have Oklahoma City and Talihina ties, are confirmed to perform Dec. 14 on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” Hedlund’s “Inside Llewyn Davis” co-star John Goodman will be the SNL host that night, according to a news release.