Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Joker is dead...

Wow. Sometimes the world sucker punches you. What a tragedy. Harry Knowles wrote this - it echoes my words without much elegance but with the emotion.

"Harry here... Heath Ledger was found dead in a Manhattan Apartment today around 2pm according to the NYPD and CNN. At this point - my take on this is... Please don't fucking be true.

I first met Heath Ledger 8 years ago on the set of A KNIGHT'S TALE - he was impossibly young, handsome and charming. He went on to become one of our absolutely most talented and promising actors.

Right now - he's got the part of THE JOKER in THE DARK KNIGHT. We know filming is complete, but all the post - we have no idea how much of that has been finished. This news is horrifying. Absolutely fucking miserable.

What happens now to Terry Gilliam's THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS - which was filming is completely unknown. I don't know what his part was in that - or how vital he was too the film - but GOD FUCKING DAMMIT. I'm so pissed about this.

He was married to Michelle WIlliams and they had a 2 year old daughter. I hate this. Hate this. I can't even imagine what we're going to miss. Heath wasn't just talented, but he seemed incredibly grounded and was working with some of the most talented people in film.

I'm so pissed about this. Not at Heath - but at the cruel fucking fate of the world that would take an actor at his absolute prime - right when he was about to explode with what seems like an astonishing performance as the Joker. This is just cruel. Cruel to his family, friends and absolutely brutal to all of us that were so looking forward to spending years and years watching him entertain, touch and thrill us in theaters.

Fuck - this world sucks some days."



Kern said...

Quite right. The man had a lot of talent. I really hope that it is not the alleged drug overdose I've been reading it is. Fate taking a talented actor is one thing, but it's much harder to understand if it wasn't an accident.

I feel particularly bad for his poor kid who, like the rest of the world, won't get to see what could have been one of the colossal talents of our time.

Sheriff officer Greg the Bunny said...

I feel sadness for his family and their loss.