Tuesday, January 22, 2008

RIP Heath Ledger

I was working on my Cloverfield review to put up when this stunner hit the news.

A part of me remains fascinated by the fact that someone can die on the East Coast and within a few hours (or less) the world can know about it. That's how wired in we are, and that's not a bad thing. But that's not what I want to talk about.

Overall, this is just incredibly unexpected and sad. I'm not crying over it, but when I think about how Ledger's career is about to blow wide open with his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight, it's tragic that that will be the end for him, instead of the beginning.

Ledger seemed like a grounded actor with a good head on his shoulders. The papers are calling "drug overdose" but I'm going to reserve judgement and hope that isn't true.

We've been deprived of a very promising actor's future body of work, and that's sad. But most significantly, Ledger leaves behind a wife, Michelle Williams, and a two year old daughter who will never know her father besides the times he played pretend. That's the real tragedy here.


Michael said...

RIP indeed. Such a shame.

Rin said...

It looks like it might have been a severe reaction to a sleeping drug that has been known to cause problems.

Quote from The Sidney Morning Herald:

"Ambien is marketed in Australia as Stilnox, and has been linked with dangerous side effects. More than 500 people responded to a national drug reactions hotline last year, reporting bizarre behaviour after taking the drug. Two months ago, Australia's medicines regulator ordered that packs of Stilnox carry warnings that the drug can cause people to walk, eat, drive or have sexual intercourse in their sleep. They now also warn Stilnox can cause rage reactions, confusion, agitation and hallucinations."

RhysFletcher said...

A Brilliant actor gone to soon. I cant wait to see his performance in the dark knight, from what ive seen he looks like he will be the best joker yet.