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Heath Ledger is Dead...

Posted: Tue, 22nd Jan 2008, 10:17pm

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http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Movies/01/22/heath.ledger.dead/index.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7203797.stm
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jan 2008, 10:26pm

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How very shocking - and at such a turning point in his career, too. Brokeback's critical success combined with Batman's inevitable box office success and the massive hype around his Joker would have sealed him as one of the biggest actor's in the US.

How very sad, especially for his daughter. Let's hope The Dark Knight will be a fitting final film.
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jan 2008, 10:29pm

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Wow, I thought this was a joke at first. This is a real tragedy... I foresaw Ledger becoming a real superstar after The Dark Knight. sad

Terrible news. So unfortunate...
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jan 2008, 10:31pm

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Another young talent stripped away by drugs. So very sad. I was shocked and saddened when I saw the headlines.

I've liked Heath for a long time and this is just terrible!
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jan 2008, 10:38pm

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RIP Heath Ledger

So shocked at the news... sad
Going to be weird watching the Dark Knight now, knowing the loss sad

RIP Heath Ledger
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jan 2008, 10:52pm

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Yeah my mom just told me the bad news! sad I feel sad for his family
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jan 2008, 10:54pm

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i cant believe this!!!!!

such a shame.
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jan 2008, 10:55pm

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For the first time I feel sad for someone I don't even know. When I read this I felt like crying for a while, seriously. It is going to be weird watching the new Batman movie. Peace be with him.
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jan 2008, 11:00pm

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Terrible news! sad
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jan 2008, 11:13pm

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Wow, that's really unexpected, and a real shame.
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jan 2008, 11:23pm

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Wow, this is sad/stunning news. My thoughts are with his family. sad
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jan 2008, 11:24pm

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I can't believe this. I'm like you Aculag, I thought this was a joke. 28 years old... May he rest in peace.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 1:07am

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What a terrible shame. I had heard he wasn't doing all that well in the past year, and I had also heard to prepare for the DK he stayed alone in a hotel/condo for a month perfecting the evil in the joker. I certainly hope this played no part in this tragedy.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 1:09am

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This is very sad, especially leaving a two year old behind... I really admired his talent and the way he took on a wide range of roles.

Also I don't think we should instantly jump to prolonged drug addiction as the key factor until more is known, it could have been a been a straight up decision of suicide in which drugs were simply the method...
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 1:26am

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Regardless of how, it's tragic that Ledger died given that he had talent, and that he seemed on the verge of massive success. I anticipate watching the Dark Knight more so than ever now that I know that regardless of the films qualities or failings - Ledgers performance will be haunting.

Rest in Peace Heath Ledger.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 1:48am

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Can we please keep the comments regarding in what way he died and judgments based on how he died out of the thread, especially considering the autopsy report hasn't even been started. This is not about how much you respect people or not, it's about a father, an actor and a human dying.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 1:51am

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I saw this on the local news earlier today. Very Sad, RIP Heath Ledger.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 3:52am

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To clear his name up from unofficial/official word-

I guess that he was having problems after playing the role of The Joker, and was having hard times sleeping at night. The role really messed with his head. That he took sleeping pills to help him sleep at night. One was not working so he was told to take two. Apparently, after taking them he had a cardiac arrest.

Still, no matter what happened, this is very sad. Too many people are dieing at too young of an age.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 3:54am

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I heard it on the radio on my way home today, I'm very sad, he was great actor and would have been great. Not to be cliche but, why must the good die young.


Rest in peace Heath Ledger
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 4:30am

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Pretty solemn thread,

Why so serious?
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 5:37am

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Terrible and shocking sad
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 6:57am

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Was it drug abuse? I thought he committed suicide by way of sleeping pills. Which I guess is a "form" of drug abuse.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 7:02am

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It was reported that he had pneumonia when he died. His parents said that he was "generous" "loving" and wouldn't do that to himself.


*insert loud expletive here*
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 8:04am

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Some sort of posthumous oscar seems like a stunt the academy would pull.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 9:39am

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Someone very close to me is currently dealing with issues rooted in deep depression and trying to face up to the multiple suicide attempts they have made in the last year.

These situation are hard, if not impossible, to understand for anyone other than the person involved and most of the time they don't understand either.

It's always good to try to show sympathy and compassion for people who are facing situations you don't (and hopefully never will) have experience of, even if you don't fully understand them.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 11:36am

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this is terrible...he was a fince actor...I kinda like to remember him as the Casanova not as the Joker =)
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 1:01pm

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Awful news.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 1:24pm

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This is awful...
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 2:47pm

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RIP

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Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 2:47pm

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Please guys - let's keep argument and debate out of this thread, if only out of respect.

You're all entitled to your opinions, but let's not bring them up now.

Cheers,
Arktic.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 8:03pm

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I caught this news late last night (in the UK) on Joblo and ignored the article title until I got inside which was RIP Heath Ledger. I was utterly shocked when the first sentence explained that it was no joke.

I've not watched all of his films but enjoyed the ones I have seen and was looking forward to seeing his Joker performance.

Above everything else I thinks it's an utter tragedy for a father to leave a child behind especially of around that age and my condolences go out to his family / close friends as they go through these times.

RIP Heath, I'm sure you've left us with a great performance in store.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 11:31pm

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It has to be one of the worst things that can happen to a young person, to grow up knowing that you'll never get to know your own father. I feel sad for his family, but mostly for his child.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 11:54pm

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sfbmovieco wrote:

What a terrible shame. I had heard he wasn't doing all that well in the past year, and I had also heard to prepare for the DK he stayed alone in a hotel/condo for a month perfecting the evil in the joker. I certainly hope this played no part in this tragedy.
I agree. I hope that this didn't bring him to his death. I am so sorry. It will be weird, like alot of people already said, watche the dark knight.
Posted: Thu, 24th Jan 2008, 6:54am

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If he did die due to method acting, his performance of the Joker will be even more legendary. They will talk about it in film classes and acting workshops for years to come.
Posted: Thu, 24th Jan 2008, 7:04am

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It would be the ultimate dedication to acting, and however unfortunate it is, I agree. It would be legendary. "Why so serious?" would and probably will become the ironic and iconic actor line.

I realize this is a mourning thread but I thought I'd throw out there the autopsy came back "inconclusive".
Posted: Thu, 24th Jan 2008, 3:48pm

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It's scary to think that he lost his mind to become a character for a film. It will be haunting to watch his performance if this is so. I wouldn't believe it at first, until I saw it on CNN.

RIP
Posted: Thu, 24th Jan 2008, 4:37pm

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Wow, I just heard that when Jack Nicholson (the original Joker from the Tim Burton films) was told of the news, he said simply "I warned him..."

Now if that doesn't creep you the hell out I don't know what will.

I agree though, his Joker will now take on a whole nother level of awesome with this. If I was an actor, I'd most likely be proud to have that performance and that movie be my last.
Posted: Thu, 24th Jan 2008, 7:34pm

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I was hoping for him to be in some sort of legendary biopic or war movie and win an Oscar for it. Like playing FDR in his 40s or something.

Joker will more than do for this, I guess, but it aches me to think of how far gone potentially one of the best and most-sucessful acting careers is.

And Evman, while that is creepy of Nicholson and maybe a stretched reference to the Joker, Nicholson later elaborated that he was talking about taking sleeping pills such as Ambien and how dangerous they are in reality. Perhaps he knew Ledger would be drained and need them and it goes back to the Joker performance there (I don't doubt it does), but Nicholson wasn't talking specifically about the role.
Posted: Tue, 29th Jan 2008, 9:53am

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Chris Nolan's made a statement in a Newsweek article:

http://www.newsweek.com/id/105580
Posted: Tue, 29th Jan 2008, 11:16am

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have they ever rewarded an oscar to a deceist person before?

I wonder if his performance as the joker would warrant any such nod.. keeping in mind that his role as the joker is as outstanding as everything I've seen thus far (including the 6 minutes showed in Imax)

Food for thought?
Posted: Tue, 29th Jan 2008, 7:29pm

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Tarn wrote:

Chris Nolan's made a statement
What a wonderfully poetic memorial speech Nolan has made here, really. Humble himself and still one of the sharpest and biggest budget directors in Hollywood. It's amazing both of those people, those types of people still (well, did) live on in this day and age in Hollywood.
Posted: Tue, 29th Jan 2008, 9:53pm

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I agree, what a fantastic read.
Posted: Wed, 30th Jan 2008, 4:15am

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Yeah, what a fantastic article. I've found Nolan to be very likable in all of his interviews I've encountered and this one is no exception. I think he's a terrific director and I really can't wait to see what his future films bring.
Posted: Wed, 30th Jan 2008, 8:51am

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Gnome326 wrote:

have they ever rewarded an oscar to a deceist person before?
Yep,
Sidney Howard was killed in a tractor accident on his farm in 1939, months before the film of his Oscar-winning screenplay for Gone With The Wind appeared on the screen.
and Peter Finch too.
Posted: Mon, 11th Feb 2008, 9:17am

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A few days old now, but it's been reported that Ledger's death was entirely accidental due to a bad reaction to prescription drugs.

Hopefully this will encourage some of the more judgemental people round here to wait for the facts before commenting ignorantly on such issues in the future.
Posted: Tue, 15th Jul 2008, 10:20am

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Update: At the premiere of The Dark Knight, cast and crew offered their thoughts on Ledger:

http://www.superherohype.com/news/featuresnews.php?id=7473
Posted: Tue, 15th Jul 2008, 11:17pm

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Tarn wrote:

Update: At the premiere of The Dark Knight, cast and crew offered their thoughts on Ledger:

http://www.superherohype.com/news/featuresnews.php?id=7473
They really are some amazing comments.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jul 2008, 7:40pm

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Great comments. This role as The Joker will forever be Legendary.