22 January 2008
R.I.P. Mr. Ledger
This one really hurts. It's always said when someone dies, and this sadness is magnified (at least in the popular consciousness) when we lose someone famous, someone we all know. Rarely, though, is a death as shocking and out of nowhere as this.
Heath was at the peak of his career, and it's clear that he will be an icon of our generation. After all, his last two roles will be Bob Dylan and the Joker. At only 28, he had his whole career in front of him. Now that the media circus has started and gophers are rushing around FOX News with tapes of Heath Ledger discussing death at press junkets like Joan Cusack in Broadcast News, it is important for us to remember the really amazing talent that drew us to him in the first place.
Many people, like me, first became aware of Heath as he was romancing Julia Stiles in 10 Things I Hate About You. He was good, but nothing prepared me for the absolutely spectacular performance he gave in Brokeback Mountain. I'm not just saying that as some Brokeback fanboy. I actually believe it.
I know we all have great memories of Heath. Share them if you feel like it.
EDIT: And as if we didn't have enough reasons to HATE Westboro Baptist Church.