Gone Too Soon: Looking Back On Heath Ledger’s Life On What Would’ve

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For his portrayal of Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain, Ledger won the 2005 New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and the 2006 “Best Actor” award from the Australian Film Institute and was nominated for the 2005 Academy Award for Best Actor as well as the 2006 BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Posthumously he shared the 2007 Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award with the rest of the ensemble cast, the director, and the casting director for the film I’m Not There, which was inspired by the life and songs of American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. Ledger doesn’t just know how Ennis moves, speaks and listens; he knows how he breathes. Shortly after the release of Candy, Ledger was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. While still working on the film, in London, Ledger told Sarah Lyall, in their interview published in the New York Times on 4 November 2007, that he viewed The Dark Knight’s Joker as a “psychopathic, mass murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy.” To prepare for the role, Ledger told Empire, “I sat around in a hotel room in London for about a month, locked myself away, formed a little diary and experimented with voices – it was important to try to find a somewhat iconic voice and laugh. I ended up landing more in the realm of a psychopath – someone with very little to no conscience towards his acts”; after reiterating his view of the character as “just an absolute sociopath, a cold-blooded, mass-murdering clown”, he added that Nolan had given him “free rein” to create the role, which he found “fun, because there are no real boundaries to what the Joker would say or do.

Gone Too Soon: Looking Back On Heath Ledger’s Life On What Would’ve Been His 33rd Birthday (PHOTOS) It’s hard to believe that it’s already been four years since the world lost one of the acting greats. Heath Ledger passed away on January 22, 2008 after his housekeeper found him unconscious in his bed. The actor was 28. Today, April 4, Heath would be 33 years old. Known for his roles in A Knight’s Tale,…Read more» [link]