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Jude Law Talks About Finishing Heath Ledger’s Final Role

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Jude Law says he was humbled personally and professionally to be asked to help take over Heath Ledger’s final movie role, which Ledger left unfinished when he died in January 2008.

“When I got the call, it was a double tug,” Law says of joining the cast of The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. “I liked Heath very much as a man and admired him as an actor. To help finish his final piece of work was a tribute I felt compelled to make.”

Ledger was in the midst of filming the role of Tony in the fantasy film, directed by Terry Gilliam, when he died from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs in his New York apartment on Jan. 22, 2008, at age 28.

Determined to finish the movie, Gilliam kept Ledger’s work intact, and hired Law, Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell to round out the role of Tony – each playing a different incarnation of the character after he steps through a magical mirror.

“To help Terry finish his film was an honor paid to a man I adore,” Law says. “Though we were all there in remembrance, Heath’s heart pushed us with great lightness to the finish.”

Lily Cole, who plays the female lead as Tony’s love interest Valentina, says it was a struggle to resume filming just a month after Ledger’s death.

“We’d had a month to absorb that situation, which by no means is enough time to get over it, but it was a month to think about finishing the film,” Cole tells Film Review Online.

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, which Gilliam has dedicated to Ledger, opens in limited release in the U.S. on Christmas Day and in wide release on Jan. 8.

Source, Bauer-Griffin

Posted Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 at 12:12pm
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Lindsay Lohan and Heath Ledger dating at the time of his death?

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In a shocking revelation, Dina Lohan drops the bombshell that her daughter Lindsay was secretly dating Heath Ledger when he died and his death devastated her. In the explosive recorded audio tape of a phone conversation between Dina and Michael Lohan, Dina says that Ledger and Lindsay had been dating at the time of his tragic death in January of 2008.

“And she was dating Heath when he died,” Dina reveals to Michael. “I don’t know if you know that, but I know cause I would drop her off and they were friends very, very close, ok?”

Dina told Michael about the relationship because she was afraid for Lindsay’s life too: “Because when she’s drunk or takes an Adderall with it she will do something like Heath Ledger did in a second without thinking.”

She said that the actor’s death was a terrible shock to Lindsay. “That f*cked her up,” Dina says.

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Posted Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 at 11:11am
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Heath Ledger’s last days – from his friends

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In the days leading up to his death, Heath Ledger battled chronic insomnia, pneumonia and exhaustion, according to several members of Ledger’s inner circle – who paint a portrait of a tortured man who struggled with personal strife and professional indecision, reports the August Vanity Fair, on sale nationally July 7.

Apparently, one of the biggest struggles in Ledger’s life was his deteriorating relationship with partner Michelle Williams.

“Heath was always blaming himself [about the relationship], asking ‘what did I do wrong?'” says Ledger’s friend and mentor, director Terry Gilliam. “Once it started going south, it went very quickly. He was overwhelmed by lawyers, and there were more and more of them, as if they were breeding.”

Especially contentious were the custody issues surrounding the couple’s daughter, Matilda. As the couple battled over the child, “there were definitely heated conversations,” says one source, “and emotions were high.”

The stress of his personal life left Ledger unable to sleep.

Chronic Insomnia
Gerry Grennell, a vocal coach who lived with Ledger during the filming of The Dark Knight, said that the actor used sleeping medication to combat chronic insomnia. “I’d say, ‘If you can possibly bear it to stop taking the medications, do, because they don’t seem to be doing you any good,’ ” recalls Grennell, who said that Ledger would spend his nights finding ways to occupy himself, such as rearranging the furniture.

Grennell also says that everyone has a different view on how Ledger died. “From my perspective, and knowing him as well as I did, and being around him as much as I was, it was a combination of exhaustion, sleeping medication … and perhaps the aftereffects of the flu,” he says. “I guess his body just stopped breathing.”

Grennell and other sources claim that Ledger was no longer using illegal drugs or alcohol when he died.

Professional Indecision
Despite the actor’s eventual success – and posthumous Oscar – as the Joker in the The Dark Knight, Ledger’s friend and agent, Steven Alexander, tells the magazine that Ledger “was always hesitant to be in a summer blockbuster, with the dolls and action figures and everything else that comes with one of those movies. He was afraid it would define him and limit his choices.”

Friends say that Ledger agreed to join the Batman franchise because it would be such a long shot that it would give him an excuse to turn down other offers. Ledger reportedly had a pay-or-play deal for Dark Knight, meaning that he’d receive a paycheck no matter what, so he took creative liberties with the Joker.

According to cinematographer Nicola Pecorini, Ledger hoped his performance would be so over-the-top that he’d be fired.

Source, Bauer-Griffin

Posted Monday, June 29th, 2009 at 1:13pm
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Robert Pattinson Defends Heath Ledger

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No laughing matter!

According to a witness at the No on H8 show at The ­Improv in Hollywood on Dec. 16, Twilight star Robert Pattinson, 22, booed a comic who said, “Here’s my impression of Heath Ledger,” then collapsed and began faking convulsions.

“Robert and his friend went nuts yelling at him,” the source tells Us Weekly. “[Pattinson screamed] f–k you! You suck!”

But the actor — who recently cut his famous hair — went unrecognized by the performing comic.

“The comic didn’t know who it was, but I’m sure he found out later!” the source tells Us.

Go Rob! Don’t let ‘em make fun of our beloved Heath. He will always remain a legend.

Source, Splash

Posted Tuesday, December 30th, 2008 at 1:13pm
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