Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger is dead???? :(
No way.

26 comments:

fsmismyhero said...

yeah, and it gets weirder! Mary-Kate Olsen is in police custody being questioned about his death. He died in an appartment that she owns. (according to wiki)

jen r said...

My bf told me about this as I left work, and I am a bit surprised at how upset I am about this. He was a very talented and courageous actor...and young! Only one year older than me.

Interesting about the MK Olsen thing--last I heard, they thought he may have been renting or subletting her place. He apparently died from an OD of an over-the-counter sleeping drug (whether accidental or purposeful remains to be seen).

Brigit said...

I know! I'm so sad, I really liked him as an actor.

Humanist Mama said...

I felt the same way when I read about it. I don't know any details, though. I read the headline right before I went to pick up the kids from school.

Berlzebub said...

I heard about this on my way home. I haven't heard about the Mary-Kate angle though. It'll be interesting to see how that pans out.

According to this article, "Sleeping pills were found in the bed around him, police said." There's also a woman talking about seeing him frequently with his toddler daughter.

It's too early to tell what actually happened, but he showed great promise as an actor. Now, I have mixed emotions about going to see The Dark Knight, when it opens in July. It'll be like when I went to see The Crow, knowing that Brandon Lee was dead.

Poodles said...

*Sniff*

aimee said...

The article I read (front page of MSN) said that Mary-Kate did not own that apartment. I feel bad for his little girl, she is only 2.

fsmismyhero, I wouldn't take anything wiki has to say seriously. At the college I'm at (DeVry), we are not allowed to cite them as a source. Very unreliable. People can go in there and type all kinds of stuff. It may get caught, but it can take a couple of days.

Tommy said...

Damn! Who saw that coming? I don't recall Ledger having a reputation of being into drugs or anything like that.

fsmismyhero said...

@aimee

your right wiki has taken down the connection w/ mary-kate now as well. I would never cite wiki as a source for serious information, but I like to go there for the celeb gossip. :)

Katie said...

I agree that this is going to make seeing the new Batman film weird.

First Brad Renfro though and now Heath?

Atheist in a mini van. said...

I got to meet him right before he did "Ten Things I Hate About You". We have a friend in common and I went to dinner with him. He was very, very unaffected. And, based on what I've seen and heard, he remained that way (which is hard to do in the industry). Of course, he hadn't done the bigger movies that made him a presense. I'm getting annoyed with the news reports that he was some junky. I doubt it. Can't say why "for sure", but...I doubt it.

Man.
How horrible for his family and his daughter. Poor baby girl.

wineymomma said...

Just sad.

Fiery said...

What a total kick in the guts, 10 Things I Hate About You and Knight's Tale are among my favorite movies.

:(

fsmismyhero said...

that was supposed to be “you're” not “your”...wow I need a nap!

Atheist in a mini van. said...

My favorite Ledger film will always be "The Patriot". But, I loved his character in Knight's Tale and 10 Things, too. Those are two movies that, if I find them on television, I have to watch the remainder of the film.

Nicest Girl said...

So sad! I can't stop talking about it.
From what they are saying now... he had pneumonia and his family is saying that his death was accidental and there was no way he would have committed suicide. So it looks like an accidental overdose of sleeping pills. But no autopsy has been done yet, of course.
I'm so shocked. He's one of those actors that I kind of great up with (only 4 years older than me)... used to watch the show he first starred in; "Roar".
Anyway... I'm totally shocked.

Nicest Girl said...

Uhm... "grew up with".. was what I meant.

Nicest Girl said...

Oh, apparently back in November he was losing a lot of sleep because he was so disturbed by the Joker character that he was playing in the new Batman movie. He was taking sleeping pills and almost overdosed on Ambien.

It looks like he probably accidentally overdosed on sleeping pills because he wasn't getting enough sleep after playing the Joker. How sad........

jen r said...

My favorite film of his will always be "Brokeback Mountain". The ending makes me cry...over and over again. It's part of the reason why I say he's such a courageous actor. Just thinking of it now makes me tear up. Eeehhh.... :(

Atheist in a mini van. said...

He really was courageous and here's why I think so:
1. For a hetero man to take on the role of playing a closeted homosexual with the sensitivity and believability that he did meant he had to be courageous enough to say, in his head, "Screw convention. Screw technique. I just need to BE this and commit fully." Anything less would've been painfully obvious and the movie would've hit with a resounding thud at the box office. He sold that movie.

2. Taking on the role of co-starring with Gibson AND adopting an early American accent for the Patriot and not make it over the top.

In every movie, he went for it. That's pretty brave when it's not what you're used to playing. The sadness of this rests in the fact that Hollywood lost an actor who was in it for the love of acting,...not for the fame or the money. And, at the heart of it all, a beautiful baby girl has lost her father.

Tommy said...

Don't forget his role in "Monster's Ball" as Billy Bob Thornton's son.

Natalie said...

I am just so sad. I usually don't even pay attention to celeb deaths, but Heath Ledger? Man. I love his movies. I'm just... sad. :(

Chris said...

Same here, I don't pay attention to the lives of celebs, not even their deaths. Heath, though, seemed like an alright guy who just happened to be famous. Him seeming like a good all around guy, him being a good actor in good films, him being so young and leaving behind such a small kid...it's sad.

Can't wait for Dark Knight, though it's going to be awkward if they leave it open for Joker to return in part 3.

jen r said...

Re: courageous

And don't forget the new Batman movie: he went in knowing that he was going to be neverendingly analyzed by the movie-going public in comparison to Jack Nicholson. Jack Nicholson! Those are some big shoes to be stepping into.

Emma said...

As an Aussie, it's very sad that one of our best exports has died so young. Heath was very well thought of here in general, there was never much scandal associated with him, and he always seemed like a really genuine guy.

I'd just like to point out that Brokeback Mountain was not the first time he played a gay character. One of his very first roles was as a gay athlete in a short-lived aussie soap called "Sweat".

I really enjoyed all of his movies that I've seen, and he's definitely going to be missed here. It's nice to know that he was appreciated overseas as well.

AlisonM said...

I read an interview in which he was complaining about lack of sleep, and he mentioned that he'd tried Ambien, but it put him to sleep for only two hours. Knowing this, I'm inclined to think there may have been something accidental about this.

Ambien gives a lot of people some bizarre psychological problems and behaviors. For those of us who've experienced the frustration of waking up after two hours and knowing we could be in big trouble if we took another or added a different medication, it's not surprising. As you lie awake for the next several hours, then give up and look for answers on the internet, you find that people on Ambien are sleepwalking, eating in their sleep (including eating some dangerous non-food items) and sometimes even getting into their cars and going for a drive. You find that some people have serious hallucinations (from the drug, but, I'm sure, aided by the sleeplessness after a while) and short-term memory loss. I'm speculating here, but it wouldn't shock me if he'd either forgotten taking the medication and then took more, or took additional meds after waking up out of sheer desperation.

I don't know if anyone will ever determine whether his death was accidental or deliberate, but either way, it could have been avoided, and that's terribly sad.