Monday, 4 April 2011

Heath Ledger would have turned 32 today

I could sing his praises for years to come which may annoy people. Actor, Heath Ledger died over three years ago and many in the film world, professionals and fans have moved on but today would have been his 32nd birthday so here's a happy birthday post from me to Mr Ledger.

Heath Ledger died at 2008 of what officials called an accidental overdose of prescription drugs that included painkillers, sleeping pills and anti-anxiety medication, before his most lauded performance, that of The Joker in the Batman film: The Dark Knight, was released. He received an Academy Award for his tour de force performance, which some people claim led him to his death. They say he took the role so seriously that he lost his grip on reality, as if he was a method actor who became too involved in his craft.

His role in The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus was completed soon after his death by Colin Farrell, Jude Law and Johnny Depp, which made the film stranger. He may have not been able to fully establish his character, Tony, on his terms, as a result.

Still, I salute Mr Ledger today for his performances in 10 Things I hate About You, Brokeback Mountain, The Patriot, Candy, The Dark Knight and Monster's Ball, among others. They all required different skills from him as a performer and I still wonder what he could have done had he not died so early in his career.

Alistair Anderson

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