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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Aftermath of Heath Ledger's Death

Anytime someone dies, many questions are being asked. I've been reading numerous different blog posts today and many people in the industry are curious to see what effect Ledger's death will have on both The Dark Knight and The Imaginirium of Doctor Parnassus.

For The Dark Knight, Jeff Wells wrote this earlier:
We all know what Warner Bros., the distributor of Chris Nolan's second Batman film, is going to say about this this tragic news. They'll say the same thing that Warner Bros. said about James Dean's death when he was killed in a car crash in September 1955 with two movies yet to open -- Rebel Without a Cause and Giant. They'll say "this is a very sad time for all of us, and not a time for discuss grosses."

But you know and I know that the WB hardballers are asking themselves right now, "Will this adversely impact the Dark Knight box-office or will it enhance it, or will it have no impact?" The latter, I would think.

Kris Tapley wrote:
The question that immidiately arises is, was the character set for the third installment in the series? Did he have a pivotal role to play in the final act of a trilogy long planned out, in broad strokes, by screenwriter David Goyer and director Christopher Nolan? Whatever the answer to that question might be, we're left, regardless, mourning the loss of a true acting talent, yes, but a husband and a father as well.

Kris also has linked photos of Heath Ledger being hung by a noose. Definitely disturbing to look at now. To view them you can click HERE.

As for The Imaginirium of Doctor Parnassus, it's a question of how far along in filming they are. They are either forced to recast the whole role or reduce his role through editing. It's shitty either way you look at it.

There's also an article in the New York Times published two months ago. Here is an excerpt:
“I stressed out a little too much,” Mr. Ledger said.

He tends to do that. He is here in London filming the latest episode of the “Batman”franchise, “The Dark Knight.” (Mr. Bale, as it happens, plays Batman; Mr. Ledger plays the Joker.) It is a physically and mentally draining role — his Joker is a “psychopathic, mass-murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy” he said cheerfully — and, as often happens when he throws himself into a part, he is not sleeping much.

“Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night,” he said. “I couldn’t stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going.” One night he took an Ambien, which failed to work. He took a second one and fell into a stupor, only to wake up an hour later, his mind still racing.

Even as he spoke, Mr. Ledger was hard-pressed to keep still. He got up and poured more coffee. He stepped outside into the courtyard and smoked a cigarette. He shook his hair out from under its hood, put a rubber band around it, took out the rubber band, put on a hat, took off the hat, put the hood back up. He went outside and had another cigarette. Polite and charming, he nonetheless gave off the sense that the last thing he wanted to do was delve deep into himself for public consumption. “It can be a little distressing to have to overintellectualize yourself,” is how he put it, a little apologetically.

News just keeps flooding in. If I find or read anything else interesting, I'll post it.

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